A Comparison of Love's Farewell by Michael Drayton and the Chilterns by Rupert Brooke

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A Comparison of Love's Farewell by Michael Drayton and the Chilterns by Rupert Brooke "Love's Farewell" is a Shakespearean sonnet, written by Michael Drayton. It describes a relationship between a man and a woman. The man in the poem is bringing the relationship to an end. Michael Drayton came to prominence in the Elizabethan era. In the Elizabethan era there was a trend of following Shakespeare's way of writing because it pleased the Queen. Michael Drayton wrote "Loves Farewell" in 1619. The poem starts with a bitter tone and this suggests that it is not a friendly end to a relationship. The mood changes in the poem and at the end there is a gentle and positive feeling to it, suggesting the relationship might recover. The words and the language used in Drayton's poem reflects how he was feeling at the time. We have no information about Drayton's love life but from what we can gather he had quite a well known love. "The Chilterns" is a ballad, written by Rupert Brooke. This poem also describes a relationship between a man and a woman coming to an end. The mood also changes during this poem. At the beginning of the poem there is a positive mood. The man in the relationship is bringing it to an end because he believes that life experience is more important to him than relationships. Rupert Brooke is known as a war poet. Brooke had a lot of relationships which did not work out, this suggests Brooke is experienced when it comes to relationships. On closer examination of "Love's Farewell" Drayton starts with a negative tone on the very first line. The quote "let us kiss and part" indicates to us straight away that the relationship is c... ... middle of paper ... ...and writing. On the other hand Brooke chose a more relaxed form because he feels in control of his feelings. Despite the similararities in the content both writers have chose to write in a different form. As a result of this Drayton's form of writing, the Shakespearean sonnet is far more restricted and follows a strict rhythm and rhyme scheme. On the other hand Brooke's poem is far less restricted, but he reveals less emotion. The main similararity is that both writers find out their love means more to them than they have actually made out. Drayton shows this in the rhyming couplet and Brooke shows this by using positive language when describing his lover. However the language both writers use is very different. Drayton relies on personification to get us engaged with his writing whilst Brooke uses descriptive writing.

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