Exploring Love Attitudes in Poetry Introduction: The poems that I have chosen are: 'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell. 'Sonnets 18 by William Shakespeare, and 'To the virgins, to make much of time' by Robert Herrick. All the above poems are poems about the subject of love. Each poem is very passionate and complex in nature when you initially read it for the first time and consequently they have stood the test of time and lasted hundreds of years. This portrays a conclusion to what some poets say because they express how the poems will last forever.
An author from the seventeenth century is John Donne, who is most famous for his love-poetry. When comparing these two authors, the theme of love is very apparently different. Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder’s love poems, such as “The Long Love That in My Thought Doth Harbor,” “bear an imprint of a strongly individual personality. But the personality is a very different one from John Donne’s. ”1 One of John Donne’s lyrics, “The Flea,” is an exemplary of the seventeenth century’s love poems that have a theme that focuses on the lover.
Each character has a different view on love and some of the characters view on love change during the book. Shakespeare’s first mentions love in the first act when Romeo is talking about his love for Rosaline with Benvolio. Romeo uses oxy... ... middle of paper ... ... it could be to make his writing appeal to more people. In conclusion I think that Carol Ann Duffy’s language in her poems is not the sort that you would expect in find in poems about love. Some of the words she uses are not normally associated with love like “possessive”, “knife” and “lethal”.
Two sonnets that can represent both authors’ attitudes on love are Wyatt’s “The Long Love” and Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130”. While some similarities between “Sonnet 130” and “The Long Love” are evident, the differences are striking. Both sonnets offering wonderful examples on what two brilliant minds think of the overdone and universal theme of love. The quote: “The long love that in my thought doth harbor”, not only includes the title of the sonnet within the first line it also sets the tone for Sir Thomas Wyatt’s romantic and Petrarchan sonnet. From this line the reader right away gets a yearning feeling, an almost sad and melancholy feeling, because of the word long.
This is a poem about the power of the written word over death, fate, and even love. This poem should not be regarded as a love poem because Shakespeare spends his time drawing the attention upon himself instead of detailing the description of his beloved’s beauty, “Ars longa, vita breve (Art is long, life is brief)” becomes the underlying theme, arrayed in Shakespeare’s poetic language. If Sonnet Eighteen is a love poem, it is merely to
In "A Midsummer Night's Dream," William Shakespeare explains the difficulties of the nature of love. Both false love and true love prevail in the end, leading the reader to come to the conclusion that all types of love can triumph. Hermia and Lysander represent the existence of a "true love", while Helena and Demertrius represent the opposite extreme. Shakespeare presents the idea that love is unpredictable and can cause great confusion. Love is something that cannot be explained, it can only be experienced.
Sonnet 130 is Shakespeare’s harsh yet realistic tribute to his quite ordinary mistress. Conventional love poetry of his time would employ Petrarchan imagery and entertain notions of courtly love. Francis Petrarch, often noted for his perfection of the sonnet form, developed a number of techniques for describing love’s pleasures and torments as well as the beauty of the beloved. While Shakespeare adheres to this form, he undermines it as well. Through the use of deliberately subversive wordplay and exaggerated similes, ambiguous concepts, and adherence to the sonnet form, Shakespeare creates a parody of the traditional love sonnet.
'Shall I compare theeâ€¦?' is a sonnet in which Shakespeare focuses on immortalisation through words. 'Let me not' is another sonnet written by Shakespeare in which he expresses his views and the theme of the strength of love. I choose Robert Browning's, Porpyria's lover to compare to the above poems. As it is a dramatic monologue, which provides an insight into another existing love.
For this reason, it is difficult to decipher which attitude expressed in his poetry is actually Donne's view on love. In `The Flea', it would appear that sexual gratification is the solitary objective of the poem, whereas in poems such as `The Canonisation' love is elevated to a level where it refuses to abate even to the loss of the physical body. Similarly, many of the poems contain a sense of urgency about love, whilst others depict love as utterly unyielding to the passage of time. `... ... middle of paper ... ...ertain dignity and the only thing we can be sure of is that Donne leaves his reader with the sense that love is a "mysterie." Bibliography Text The Norton Anthology of English Literature, M.H.
William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" has been a remarkably famous love poem from the time it was written. This sonnet is pure exaggeration of Shakespeare's feelings towards his beloved and his beauty and is expressed through various language techniques and strong language. It has a powerful theme of love and immortalization of the subject in this sonnet. The sonnet begins with rhetorical question where the poet uses a metaphor to ask "shall I compare thee to a summers day?" the rhetorical question directs the attention of the reader.