There are endless ways in which love can be portrayed and occur. There
are numerous types of love, whether it's physical, emotional or romantic
love. I intend to expand upon and highlight the various ways in which
love an loss is portrayed in 5 selected poems: John Clare's 'First
Love', John Keats' 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', Robert Browning 'My Last
Duchess' and Christina Rossetti's two poems 'Birthday' and
'Remember'. All of the poets portray love the concept of love or loss
or both in relation to some; they all attempt to capture and express
the presence of love and loss in the closest way possible.
In ?First Love?, the poet (John Clare) situates his poem as if telling
a story. The story of a young boy who sees a beautiful young girl and
falls in love with her the first time he sets eyes on her.
The poet sets the scene and mood for his poem in the first few lines;
an over whelming emotion of love which has overcome the young boy
(John Clare as a child) as his eyes wander over to the beautiful young
farmers daughter; whose complexion is like nothing he has seen before.
?I ne?er was struck before that hour
With love so sudden and so sweet.?
The poet continues to complement this princess like figure whom he
adores and loves compassionately;
?Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
And stole my heart away complete.?
It is made clear to the reader that the poet has fallen deeply in love
with this young girl with out even getting to know her; totally
dumbfound by her beauty. The young girl whom the poet falls
instantaneously in love with is probably unaware of how compassionate
this young boy feels towards her; thoughtlessly she waves away his
physical state and walks awa...
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...at the time their poem is set. In ?First Love? the young boy whom is
known to be a younger John Clare; fells the incredible sensation of
love for the first time in his life, in reference to the poems title
?First Love?. Whereas in John Keats? ?La Belle Dame Sans Merci? the
role character a knight who was left love struck by woman whom could
be in relation to the lady of the lake as the bank of a lake and the
final male poet Robert Browning whose poem ?My last duchess?
emphasises on the love for control, wealth, arts and pride. The final
two poems both penned by Christina Rossetti ?A Birthday? and
?Remember?, each poem apposes the other, ?A Birthday? resembling the
joy of love and ?Remember? signifying the loss of not just love but
life as well.
All five poems begin with a joyous atmosphere of love, but eventually
all end bitterness one way or another.
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