“Whose fire from which I came, has now grown cold”.
It is written in the first person which gives it a personal touch, like it is actually happening to this person. This is also shown in the final stanza. “These two are my father and mother”.
Also, this poem is written in iambic pentameter so it gives it a definite rhythm. This is useful for this type of poem where the poet is trying to express sorrow because it gives a sense of flow. She also uses the technique of contrast throughout this poem. For example, in the second stanza words such as “passion” and “cool” are used side by side.
“To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell is a very unusual poem. At first it appears that he is writing about a classic love between two normal people. However, if you look at the text very carefully it is clear that the writer’s intent through this poem is not that of a sinful love, it is merely about a man wanting to “unleash” himself on another, not to woo a fair maiden gently as it appears. He is a metaphysical poet and uses this technique to great effect. The writer also uses conceits throughout the verse. This technique is where a poet writes something that seems quite strange initially but has a strong underlying meaning. An example of this is on lines 26 to 28.
“…Then worms shall try that long preserved virginity: and your quaint honour turn to dust”.
This is implying that the person that he is trying to woo should let herself go to him, rather than take her long preserved virginity to the grave where the worms shall take it. When the quote is explained in quite simple, blunt terms such as this, then you come to realise that the poet uses this technique to great effect.
This poem has no definite rhythm or structure to it, sentences generally run from line to line, and there are only three, very unclear stanzas. There may be reasoning behind this. He may be using run on lines to express his feeling of desperation and need towards this woman that he is trying to woo.
This technique of using run on lines is called enjambment and is generally used when there are not enough syllables available on the line or to place emphasis on certain points of a poem.
“i wanna be yours” by John Cooper Clarke is about a completely different type of love again. This poet is trying to express a deep love for another, a passion. This poem is very different to the other poems mentioned in many ways. The first, and most obvious point is its distinct lack of punctuation. This may have been used to show the poets lust or undying love towards this person, or maybe that he would do anything for them. This poem also contains some very clever rhyme techniques such as assonance. This technique can be better known as vowel rhyme. An example of this in “i wanna be yours” is “hot” and “pot”.
My favourite poem out of the three has to be “i wanna be yours” by John Cooper Clarke. This is because in my opinion, the poet portrays a more sincere kind of live in a very unique way. For example, he uses interesting metaphors such as “let me be your ford cortina I will never rust” which adds the sense of personality and humor to the poem.
These three poets write about different kinds of love in very different ways. They have used excellent techniques to great effect throughout the verse that have thoroughly engaged the reader. All in all, they were an interesting and in some cases humorous read.