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.
In the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare love is an important theme. In this play, Juliet and Romeo fall in love while Romeo is trying to get over Rosalind and Juliet is having an arranged marriage, their families are also feuding. In Shakespeare's play, Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet all have different views of love. Mercutio’s view of love is very humorous and not true, Romeo’s view of love is hopeless; he likes being in love, but does not like love itself. Lastly, Juliet’s view of love is logical; she does not follow love blindly.
They both explore the theme of love or rather painful love. the poet revels the link between the two poems’s through a verity of techniques which is done very effectively but also shows the difference between the obsessive love in “Havisham” and the possessive love of “Valentine”. The pain of love is evident from the beginning in both poems. “Carol Ann Duffy” uses the tone in the first couple of stanzas to show the unorthodox nature of the love. “Not a day since then I haven’t whished him dead”-Havisham This is very effective as the aggressive tone shows “Havisham” has been rejected and her love is causing her pain.
Mid Term Essay The two literary icons I chose to do the comparison and contrast portion of this Essay on are; Dante Alighieri (1265 – 1321) and Geoffrey Chaucer (1342 – 1400) who compositions were similar in theme, but significantly different in style. In analyzing Dante’s The Divine Comedy and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, the common theme I found in each of these epic poems is the author’s firm grasp of human nature and their ability to humanize the character(s) in each of their works. In each of these classics, Dante and Chaucer masterfully animated not only the central character but their supporting characters as well. Their ability to taking the reader on a journey that is both believable and relatable is the main reason both of these epic poems continue to be held in such high regard. In addition, both Dante and Chaucer wrote their works in the vernacular or the commonly spoken language of the times.
The poem In Paris with You contrasts reality with the fantasy of love. The poem explores the consequences of love. For example how difficult it is to fall in love and trust somebody again after bad experiences. The narrator seems to reject all the “Traditional expectations” of love in search of reality and quick, easy affection. This poem takes the reader through the journey of trusting/ being part of a relationship again.
The connotation of love usually involves happy times, friendships, and smiles. However in Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë portrays love in a negative sense. The misinterpretation of love between all of the characters proves that love is corrupt and tainted, and is shown through paradoxes. The female protagonist Catherine and her relationship with both Heathcliff and Edgar is an antithesis, because the two men contrast each other. Heathcliff and Catherine's story reveals the darker side of love and obsession.
However, both poems were different in terms of purpose. Seemingly the imagery of both the poems revolve around similar but yet quite different notions. The imagery used in both poems revolve around the pictured relationships that both Fanthorpe and Harrison try to emphasise. This is expressed clearly in both pieces of work by the poetic features used by both poets, with Fanthorpe stating that 'you haven't both gone shopping' and that 'I believe ends with death', showing use of personal pronouns and varying it. Notably, Harrison also had a few change in pronouns which complimented his rhyme scheme and used repetition of the phase 'let me'.
'Violent passions lead to violent ends', therefore the romance becomes a tragedy. Philip Larkin however deliberately downgrades romantic ideas of love and is, is much more cynical in his poems like ‘Love’, ‘Sad steps’, and ‘Love songs in age’,‘ An Arundel tomb’ and‘ Talking in bed. His poems are filled with unconventional ideas of love and in some ways, he is more truthful about it than Shakespeare. However, people may say that Larkin is narrow-minded and critical. Even though there are some similarities between the two writers, there are also many differences.
And when we find ourselves caught up with the struggles of a character perhaps we are rehearsing the struggles to come in our own lives. And when we are moved by a poem, it can enrich us by putting words to feelings which had lain dormant for lack
As a consequence, this world becomes known through “experience”, a state of being marked by the loss of childhood optimism and enthusiasm, by fright and inhibition, and by social and political corruption. William Blake considered that without contraries there is no progression and, indeed, some of his works are built on oppositions, like The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Ideas of Good and Evil or, of course, the volume Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Two of Blake’s famous collections of poetry are Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. The two collections go together-that is, many of the poems in Songs of Innocence have corresponding poems in Songs of Experience. Many of the poems are religious and a prime example of contrasting two poems is 'The Lamb' from Songs of Innocence and 'The Tyger' from Songs of Experience.