The Poets' Treatment of Love in I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke, The Thickness of Ice by Liz Loxley and How do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"I wanna be yours" by John Cooper Clarke, is made up if three stanzas,
each ending in the title of the poem, "I wanna be yours". The first
two stanzas of the poem follow the same basic poetic structure. The
poem presents a more modern, rather than traditional view of love with
modern basic equipment, such as "vacuum cleaner", "ford cortina" and
The first stanza opens with the words "let me be your vacuum cleaner,
breathing in your dust". This metaphor represents the person reciting
the poem sucking you into their love. "I will never rust" shows that
they will keep the things the same way, and will not change.
The second stanza contains the metaphor, "I wanna be your dreamboat,
when you wanna sail away", shows that the poet is willing to take the
person they desire away from everything that troubles their life.
The third stanza shows that the poet "will not run out"; that their
love is eternal. The poet includes many similes and metaphors in the
poem, including "let me be your electric heater" meaning that he will
keep the reader warm. Also the poet mentions that he wants to keep
things between him and the reader locked together by saying "let me be
your setting lotion". When the poet speaks of the "deep deep deep deep
de deep deep" he is talking about sonar scanning the oceans trying to
find the end of his love.
The poem ends with the line, "I wanna be yours", the title of the
poem, again emphasizing the poets love for the reader.
"The Thickness o...
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...nd that their love extends beyond the physical reality of life.
These two poems are different in a variety of ways, the main way being
the context. The first poem presents a more modern view of love, and
the second a more traditional view in the form of a sonnet.
I picked these three because they were completely different from each
other. The way they contrast is unusual. I like the layout of the poem
"I wanna be yours" I think because it is a more modern style poem it
appeals to me more than the poem "How do I love thee"
I picked it though, because I also liked the layout of "How do I love
thee". It is very repetitive and is in this way similar to "I wanna be
All the poems provoke a sense of intense love for both the poets and
the readers and it is evident that both poets love the reader
Thanks to the incredible job that Browning did on these poems, readers are now more fully able to grasp the passion and the love that this woman had for her lover. Perhaps they can even connect if they have a lover of their own whom they adore with their "breath, smiles, and tears."
Attitudes Towards Love in Pre-1900 and 1990's Poetry “The Despairing Lover” written by William Walsh was written pre 1900 whilst the second poem “I Wouldn’t Thank you for a Valentine” by Liz Lockhead was written in the 1990’s. These poems are almost a century apart. Attitude towards love changes over time and these poems represent this. I Wouldn’t Thank you for a Valentine is about how people think about Valentine’s Day in the 1990’s, while The Despairing Lover is showing what people think and how important they see love in the 1990’s.
Love is the ubiquitous force that drives all people in life. If people did not want, give, or receive love, they would never experience life because it is the force that completes a person. Although it often seems absent, people constantly strive for this ever-present force as a means of acceptance. Elizabeth Barrett Browning is an influential poet who describes the necessity of love in her book of poems Sonnets from the Portuguese. In her poems, she writes about love based on her relationship with her husband – a relationship shared by a pure, passionate love. Browning centers her life and happiness around her husband and her love for him. This life and pure happiness is dependent on their love, and she expresses this outpouring and reliance of her love through her poetry. She uses imaginative literary devices to strengthen her argument for the necessity of love in one’s life. The necessity of love is a major theme in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “Sonnet 43” and “Sonnet 29.”
Relationships between two people can have a strong bond and through poetry can have an everlasting life. The relationship can be between a mother and a child, a man and a woman, or of one person reaching out to their love. No matter what kind of relationship there is, the bond between the two people is shown through literary devices to enhance the romantic impression upon the reader. Through Dudley Randall’s “Ballad of Birmingham,” Ben Jonson’s “To Celia,” and William Shakespeare’s “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” relationships are viewed as a powerful bond, an everlasting love, and even a romantic hymn.
Robert Browning wrote the two poems, "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria's Lover." Both poems convey an thoughtful, examination profound commentary about the concept of love.
Love Presented in Poems by Wilfred Owen Explore how the theme of love is presented in Birdsong and a selection. of poems by Wilfred Owen. Loving attitudes, though perhaps not as prominent as themes such as violence and pride, are intimately observed and explored in Sebastian. Faulks' Birdsong and many of Wilfred Owen's War poems.
Exploration of Different Types of Love in Poetry 'Porphyria's lover and 'My Last Duchess' are both poems written my Robert Browning. Both poems describe the behaviour of two people who are in love and both poems are narrated from a male's lover point of view. They are both dramatic monologues and in both poems the women are killed. Porphyria's Lover is a poem about a dramatic insight of an abnormally possessive lover. The lover takes extreme action to immortalize his love.
The Theme of Romantic Love in To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy
The types of love in a poem can be reflected in many ways. One of
In the poem "How do I Love Thee", Elizabeth Barret Browning expresses her everlasting nature of love and its power to overcome all, including death. In the introduction of the poem Line 1 starts off and captures the reader’s attention. It asks the simple question, "How do I Love Thee?" Throughout the rest of the poem repetition occurs. Repetition of how she would love thee is a constant reminder in her poem. However, the reader will quickly realize it is not the quantity of love, but its quality of love; this is what gives the poem its power. For example she says, “I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.” She is expressing how and what she would love with, and after death her love only grows stronger. Metaphors that the poet use spreads throughout the poem expressing the poets love for her significant other.