GCSE English Coursework (Love Poems)

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                                         GCSE Coursework Assignment

                                        Love Poetry.

Love is a common stereotypical subject for poets, which has been used for many centuries. The poems we have been studying contain a collection of emotions all based around the theme of ‘love’.

John Clare used the impact of your ‘First Love’ to create the impression of the effect being deathly ill. He creates images such as,

“Are flowers the winters choice? Is loves bed always snow?”

This shows me that although he really loves her, he can’t have her and he is thinking that flowers don’t stay forever when it turns winter and she doesn’t love him.

Also he says things like

“My legs refused to walk away”.

This shows me that he is so astonished of what he is seeing, he can’t look away and she is so beautiful he thinks he could have her.

In comparison to this John Clare also states that,

“My face turned pale as deadly pale”.

Which also suggests that John Clare’s first experience of his ‘First Love’ being some sort of illness.

John Clare also creates the feeling of your true love being forever blossomed as he says things like:

“Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower”.

Suggesting to us that the poet clearly states he loves her as he compares her to a flower and the symbolisms behind flowers are usually passion and romance. The fact that she is a ‘Sweet Flower’ emphasises her living beauty as being a perfect flower.

John Clare proves to me that this woman, to him, is his dream woman as he states,

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“Stole my heart away complete”.

This clearly shows me that the moment he set eyes on her, he gave his heart to her forever and when he saw her he never wanted to be with anyone else ever again.

At the climax of the poem it turns into a very sad ending, John Clare states that,

“My heart has left its dwelling place and can return no more.”

And this makes me feel very sorry for John Clare as his first love experience is marked clearly to me as being something very sad and upsetting.


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