Attitudes Towards Love in Poetry Love is an emotion that has been felt by people throughout time. It is extremely difficult to put any strong emotion into words, but through the pre-twentieth century ‘Love and Loss’ poetry we are able to see various different attitudes shown towards love and the way that love is conveyed through relationships. The poems referred to in this essay are “First Love” by John Clare, “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti, “A Woman to Her Lover” by Cristina Walsh and “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning. By studying the love and loss poetry, the poets lives and the cultures they lived in, it is easy to see why people have different perceptions of love. The poem “First Love” by John Clare reflects his attitudes towards love.
Although many poems and stories during this period deal with love, among other things, very few of them deal with hope or end in happiness. The role that poetry served in these works was to serve as a way to express unhappiness and unfulfilled desires during the period which could be attributed to the strong and constant rivalry in the courts. For the purposes of this paper, I will only go over the monogatari and nikki bungaku found during the Heian period. In monogatari, we see poetry used in a lot of the stories as well as the themes of love and unhappiness. Monogatari translates into “talk of things” which basically describes the storytelling of the ladies of the court during the Heian period.
Christina Rossetti was also an English poet who wrote many melancholic poems with symbolic religious themes. Elizabeth Browning was a famous poet of Victorian England best known for her romance with Robert Browning and her "Sonnets From The Portuguese" which is widely read. Edith Nesbit was an English novelist, poet and writer of stories for children though her novels and poems never gained much recognition as much as her stories for children. "First Love" by John Clare is a romantic poem about love at first sight. This poem is linked to love and loss, and has got all the sweet memories of falling in love for the first time and all the pain for losing it at the same time.
“To My Dear and Loving Husband” a poem by Anne Bradstreet has many possible themes, but two that just literally jumps off, the pages are true love and how to cope with a loved ones passing. These two may not be apparent themes at first, but as the reader is pulled deeper into the poem it
Comparing How do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and A Brithday by Christina Rosetti Much of the poetry written prior to the 19th Century was devoted to the many types of love, both the sensations and feelings related to this subject, and also the poet attempting to capture in writing how the feeling of being in love has changed him or her. For these reasons, it is important top analyse examples of this poetry in terms of how the different poets have captured the sensations of being in different types of love. Also, how the poets have conveyed to the reader the different types of love one can experience. Finally, how the poets convey to the reader a sense of how being in love has changed them, for the better, or for worse. The two poems I have chosen to compare for this essay are 'How do I love thee?'
I will be discussing how the period of time that the poets lived in is reflected in their attitudes to life - the tradition affecting the way they think or possibly makes them rebellious towards tradition and to run away with themselves i.e. existentialist views. 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell is an intriguing poem that captures the stereotypical view of men's attitude to women. The persona is obsessed with a young female who is evidently very beautiful and seductive but seems unwilling to let herself show or act upon her feelings for him. He has tried so hard to show her that he has the attitude and love that will make her happy.
“For a Heian-era aristocratic man, poetry was a necessity of romantic competition for the affections of young, impressionable Heian women” (Gerber 2). Poetry was normally exchanged in letters and it was rare for a man to see the women until after he slept with her. With this, attributes such as personality and looks was fulfilled by poetry, women simply had to be able to represent herself has a desira... ... middle of paper ... ...rent literary style. Works Cited Gerber, Matthew. The Importance of Poetry in Japanese Heian-era Romantic Relationships.
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