Fun Andrew Marvell’s carpe diem displays an openly sexual lust when compared to serious Elizabeth Barrett-Browning’s both serious and intense lyric poem. It seems as if the sonnet expresses a much more pure, and in areas, religious and romantic view towards love than ‘To His Coy Mistress.’ This essay is going to discuss both poets’ attitudes towards love and explore their different approaches. In the first twenty lines of ‘To His Coy Mistress,’ Andrew Marvell opens the poem in a manner of admiration and respect for the woman’s body. “Two hundred to adore each breast.” (Line 15.) This quote illustrates Marvell’s respect for her body.
Despite the different eras in which they were written, T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock centers on a theme of love and rejection similar to that in Robert Browning’s The Last Ride Together. In The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, it is unclear whether Prufrock is really in love with the person he is speaking to in the poem, and this reflects the sensibilities that came with modernist poetry. Prufrock is afraid of rejection, and is on the edge about whether or not to confess his love. In The Last Ride Together, it is clear that the speaker is eternally in love with the person he is addressing, which actually rejects typical beliefs of the Victorian era, since the Victorians believed in chaste marriage before true love.
She also believes that her love cannot be stopped, even by death; which is evident in line 14 when she states “I shall but love thee better after death.” The tone of the poem is romantic, which is typical of a traditional love poem. However, her description of the love she feels is so articulate and sincere that the reader can almost feel her emotions. Th... ... middle of paper ... ... when one loves someone from afar, his or her impression of that person is usually idealistic. Therefore, he wouldn’t refer to her in such a cynical form. He would probably believe that she is the most beautiful and charming woman he’s ever known.
Love is not always what one expects it to be. Shock, disillusionment and renewal are sometimes the eventual outcome of relationships gone wrong. Dorothy Parker, Mary Coleridge, and Robert Browning, all demonstrate these common themes, as well as others, through the use of romantic motifs in various tones, in the poems “One Perfect Rose”, “The Poison Flower” and “Porphyria’s Lover.” In the first poem, Dorothy Parker's "One Perfect Rose", she describes the high expectations the speaker has towards suitors. On the surface this is shown in a materialistic sense; the speaker expresses her apparent discontent with the one “rose” her suitor has brought her because she expected more extravagance. In an article in “ Student Resources in Context” , this meaning is explored.
‘It promises light’ is also another positive line in the poem that shows the better side of love. The next few lines show a different aspect of love which not many poets write about. The line ‘it will blind you with tears, like a lover ‘ is a comparison which shows that love can make you cry just like the strong scent of an onion. It conjures up the idea that love is blind with sadness and is powerful enough to overwhelm you. It also suggests t... ... middle of paper ... ...is is generally a negative view on love.
The first twenty lines of the poem are Marvell’s attempt to gain the trust of the object of the poem (for it is clearly written for a young lady). He assures her that if he had the time, he would love her as she deserves to be loved (line 19). He assures her that he could spend over thirty-thousand years praising the parts of her body. He would also wait a time of biblical magnitude (lines 8-10) for the young lady to bestow her sexual favors upon him, if he had the time to wait. However, even in this sort of "you can trust me because I love you and fully appreciate you for who you are" set-up to gain the confidence of the girl, it is clear that his intentions are amorous: the fact that he would spend a mere hundred years praising her eyes, yet spend a collective four hundred years on her breasts (lines 13-15) is... ... middle of paper ... ...ither father nor lover").
Love can be defined in many different words. It can be used as a noun, a verb, and sometimes even an adjective. One of the many definitions of love states, "a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. The Wedding Story by Julianna Homokay and I Do Not Love.. by Pablo Neruda both express the use of love in unconventional ways. While The Wedding Story expresses a fictional kind of love, I Do Not Love.. is more of a realistic expression and they both reserve readers to the edge of their seat until the end is read.
Writing about Love Love poems have always been very popular because love is one of the deepest emotions that people can feel and poetry is a good way to express such an emotion. When people think of love, they think of a typical romantic love but an exploration of pre-1914 love poetry shows other types of love such as unrequited love and obsessive love. The poems I will explore in depth are ‘To his Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvin, ‘The Garden of Love’ by William Blake, and ‘How do I love thee’ by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. Blake’s poem ‘The Garden of Love’ is his view of being deceived by the perception of marriage. He has shown this by using the Chapel to symbolize marriage.
The narrator speaks of his lover, and the power, which attaches him to her. The title, “Somewhere I have never travelled”, is significant to the romantic theme of the poem. It is quite a complicated concept, and at first glance, it is not quite clear, however by looking deeper into the poem, the title has a deeper romantic meaning than might first be perceived. The speaker is describing how his lover is able to touch in every aspect of him. The frequent references to roses and fragility seem slightly sexist, as it is easy to interpret this as the speaker seeing women as beautiful but weak creatures.
In past poetry, love and romance has been interpreted in many ways but mainly in a form known as sad and heartbreaking experiences. During the sixteenth century and times before that, many authors expressed love as gloomy and also wrote in the favor of men. Two interesting portrayals of love are in the sonnet “They Flee From Me” by Thomas Wyatt and collection of sonnets “Amoretti” by Edmund Spencer. In these poems, love is described mostly in two opposite ways. While “They Flee From Me” portrays men as the victim to women and their deviousness, “Amoretti” takes an opposing turn from how most poetry of that time wrote about love by celebrating it in a positive and joyful way.