First Love - Love Poetry Coursework

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                                                         Kasim Hassan

          Love Poetry Coursework

The two poems I have chosen to study for my coursework are “A Woman to Her Lover”, and “First Love”.

The reason I have chosen to study these two poems is due to the vast contrast between them, and how they represent two entirely different examples of love.

“First Love” by John Clare was written in the 19th century. The poem is written in rhyme rhythm ABABCDCD. It is a poem about how the poet had fallen in love but his love was unrequited. The poet sees a girl for the first time, and immediately seems to fall in love, making it seem like more like a crush, rather than real love. The poet mistakenly believes that she loves him back, and she feels the same way about him.  First love has a simple rhyming scheme and uses very basic language to show the innocence of the man it is happening to.

“A Woman to Her Lover”, written by Christina Walsh, is a very sophisticated piece of poetry with no set rhyming scheme. It is about a woman who has received a proposal of marriage from a man and is considering all of the reasons why he wants to marry her. She speaks on behalf of all women, and issues her response. In the first three stanzas, she looks at, and mentions the typical role of women in society at the time the poem was written. She claims she would reject the proposal if she is dominated and used by her husband. This is typical of how women were treated in society at the time, as they were used to look good for their husbands, cook, clean, and run the family.

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The poem, ‘A Woman to Her Lover’, has 4 stanzas, of different lengths. It is a free verse poem, and there is no set rhyme scheme. This has a good effect, as it reflects the speech like statements.

In this poem, love is represented in both negative and positive ways. At first the writer explains how she doesn’t want to be treated. However, towards the end of the poem, she begins to explain how she would like to be treated, and how her love truly is. This shows vast contrast, as we are first made to believe that ...

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