Havisham & Valentine -Consider two poems by the same poet exploring the same themes. State what the theme is and how the poet revels this. (Pain of love) -You must comment on the effectiveness of these techniques. “Havisham” and “Valentine” are both poems by “Carol Ann Duffy”. They both explore the theme of love or rather painful love.
In Wild Oats It explains that a person, over the course of time, comes to realise that his greatest desires of love, are unattainable, and second best things will have to suffice. The central purpose of this poem is to show that love is one of these great desires and despite flashes of promise it contains scarcely anything that is more than fragmentary. Larkin reveals this through tone and diction. Both poets seem to focus a lot on the physical side of love where lust and desire are involved however Abse makes it sound more sensual and even spiritual when he speaks of Eros in his poem. Larkin portrays this sense of objectification in his poem with regards to woman as he describes a woman as a ‘bosomy English rose’ and then follows on to call her ‘beautiful’ throughout the poem portraying the sexual lust involved with love.
It is an intense feeling of deep affection that conquers all, making you feel comforted and appreciated. Both “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley and “Let me not the marriage …” by William Shakespeare (also known as Sonnet 116) are two examples of poems that believe in the power of eternal love. In “Love’s Philosophy”, the poem is about how the persona was in love with another but ended up being rejected by her. Throughout this poem, he compares it to nature and its beauty because nature is without flaws and always balances itself out no matter what happens. On the other hand in “Let me not the marriage …” Shakespeare talks about how marriage should be proof for love and not a service to others.
She goes through all the reasons why love is better than riches and provides true happiness even if the time you have is short. As she steals away her hour of lovers bliss, she tells the reader how she would choose each small moment with her lover over any amount of money or comfort. In the end, she concludes that “love spins gold, gold, gold from straw.” Each poem makes reference to love and danger, restriction, the physical body and sensation, and time. The depth of emotion around these topics is intense but handled very differently in each poem. In ‘Hour’, the love is passionate and sexual.
A love like this is a rarity. And if by chance you find a love like this do not let it go, but cherish it. She ask in the song “Is that too much too be asking for” (44) I think she ask this because we should love like this. Why is love like this so rare? If we love our partner/husband/boyfriend, we need to love with our whole heart.
In the poem she goes through increasingly bigger losses that she quickly dismisses in a sarcastic manner until she reaches the loss of her lover. Bishop hesitates with accepting this final loss suggesting that it is the biggest loss of all. In her poem “One Art”, Elizabeth Bishop uses a facetious tone to guide the reader through the range of emotions felt by loss, with the overall theme of odd acceptance. Bishop jumps right into a cleverly amusing tone in the very first line with "The art of losing isn't hard to master." She describes losing as an art as if it's a superior skill that you can learn by study, practice, and observation.
Ever since the beginning of time, love has played an enormous role among humans. Everyone feels a need to love and to be loved. Some attempt to fill this yearning with activities and possessions that will not satisfy with activities in which they should not participate and possessions they should not own. In Andrew Marvell’s poem, “To His Coy Mistress,” the speaker encounters an emotion some would call love but fits better under the designation of lust for a woman. In contrast, the speaker of Robert Herrick’s poem, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” urges virgins to marry, to make a lasting commitment in which love plays a vital role.
There is repetition and near repetition that empathises the constancy of love when Shakespeare says “Which alters when it alteration finds”. When Shakespeare says “Love’s not Time’s fool” this is implying that love is not affected by time even though your physical features are all destroyed by time “though rosy lips and cheeks”. In comparison ‘The Manhunt’ also the subject of true love, particularly in married relationships like ‘Sonnet 116’ does, and both poems have the same vision of what true love should be like. However, it seems that ‘The Manhunt’ is directed at a married couple whereas ‘Sonnet 116’ seems to be more general, so ‘The Manhunt’ is much more personal the ‘Sonnet 116’. Additionally, in ‘sonnet 116’ there is a regular rhyme scheme in ‘The Manhunt’ it is written in
“To the fair Clarinda, who made Love to me, imagin'd more than Woman” Aphra Behn Aphra Behn’s ‘To the fair Clarinda’ is a love poem with surprisingly modern insight. In this candidly erotic piece, the supposedly female speaker addresses her lover Clarinda, who may be biologically female yet plays both masculine and feminine roles in the poem. Though the speaker insinuates that in any sexual relationship there are definite masculine and feminine roles to fulfill, she overturns the notion that these are necessarily related to anatomy. “ To the fair Clarinda” seems to be a poem that celebrates the exotic delights of being with a hermaphrodite. However, Clarinda’s anatomy is very ambiguous within the poem.
Her love for Orsino is constant, deep and pure whereas Orsino changes his love abruptly. Also, she unquestioningly carries out Orsino’s orders to woo Olivia even though she loves him: "Nothing but this – your true love for my master" (III. iv. 180). However, even Viola behaves in a slightly foolish way when she falls in love with Orsino.