The Theme of Love in the Poems First Love, To His Coy Mistress, Porphyria's Lover, My Last Duchess and Shall I Compare Thee?

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The Theme of Love in the Poems First Love, To His Coy Mistress, Porphyria's Lover, My Last Duchess and Shall I Compare Thee? A reader of a love poem has a specific. Prejudiced view of love poetry. Generally, it is that love poetry is sentimental and flattering. It is supposed to talk about flowers and chocolates, romance and passion from one person to another. The reader expects imagery of harts and roses, and cliched similes and metaphors. An affectionate and caring tone should be used. The should be honest, sentimental and, above all, romantic. However, this is often not the case. Love can be portrayed as passionate and sexual, romantic and caring, destructive and heartbreaking, and, unfortunately, possessive and deadly. The types of love in a poem can be reflected in many ways. One of these ways is the structuring of the poem. "To His Coy Mistress" has a syllogism structure, the first stanza is the 'if', from the 'if, but, so' syllogism argument. This is shown in the first line 'Had we but world enough, and time'. This stanza also uses many hyperboles to emphasise the writers love for his mistress, such as 'love you ten years before the flood', meaning that he would love her forever, and then ten years. As the main theme of this poem is sex, many physical references are made, such as 'two hundred to adore each breast'. The main purpose of this stanza is to compliment the mistress to show how great it would be if they had enough time, as they could 'walk and pass our long days/by the Indian Ganges side'. This is a very romantic scene, and the mistress would feel complimented by it. There are very few references to the personalit... ... middle of paper ... ...most people would like to feel is that in "Shall I Compare Thee" which displays a staggering amount of compliments for the lady in the poem. Overall these poems are very different in their portrayal of love, but each manage to convey it to the reader exceedingly well through use of structure (such as the dramatic monologue form of "My Last Duchess" that shows his self centeredness and control), language (such as the complementary language used in "Shall I Compare Thee"). Imagery is also used effectively (as in "First Love" when Clare describes himself as "winter" and girls as "flowers" to show that he does not comply with them). The actual content used is also very effective as in "To His Coy Mistress", where the syllogism and the tactics of complements and frightening are used to, what is in my opinion, good effect.

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