Compare and contrast 'A Red, Red Rose' by Robert Burns and 'Lucy Poems' by William Wordsworth.

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Clare Hegarty


English Coursework

Love Poetry

In this assignment I am going compare and contrast two poems, ‘A Red, Red Rose’ by Robert Burns and ‘Lucy Poems’ by William Wordsworth.  In this assignment I am also going to discuss, how each poet uses language, how they portray the theme of love, the tradition and culture of each poet and my own personal response to these poems.

         Robert Burns was born in 1759, in Alloway in Ayrshire in Scotland.  Burns’ father was a poor tenant - farmer but he was a well-educated man and made sure that his son had a good education.

        William Wordsworth was born in 1770, in Cumberland in the English Lake District.  He was left an orphan at the age of thirteen and was educated with the help of his uncles.  Wordsworth is said to be one of the greatest and most influential of the Romantic poets who changed the direction of English poetry.

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        Throughout both poems there are recognisable differences and similarities between the two poets.  In the “Lucy Poems” Wordsworth talks about his love for Lucy and also the love he has for his country.   The tone of this poem is very tranquil and peaceful, Wordsworth creates this by his use of language and his use of imagery in each of the poems, “And she I cherished turned her wheel, Beside and English fire.”   Also this use of natural imagery by combining his love for Lucy with his love for the England and English countryside encourages the reader to imagine ...

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