Exploration of the Different Aspects of Love in Poetry

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Exploration of the Different Aspects of Love in Poetry In the Victorian and Elizabethan times there were many poems, which explored the aspect of love. The metaphysical group of poets explored the whole experience of man, which was usually romantic or sensual. The poems I will talk about are "The Flea" by John Donne (1572-1631), "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell (1621-78), "The Sick Rose" by William Blake (1757-1827), "A Woman To Her Lover" by Christina Walsh in the Victorian era and "Upon Julia's Clothes" by Robert Herrick (1591-1674). These poems cover lust, an aspect of love, and this was very controversial in the Victorian and Elizabethan times. Lust was very controversial in those times as it went against social codes and religion. Lust and desires are known for being part of the seven deadly sins. The subject of sex was a taboo and was not an overt subject of conversation. Poems such as "The Ruined Maid" also include the subject of a woman's virginity was deemed as precious and a woman was considered 'soiled' if they had sex before marriage. The poets used romance as a 'cover' for deeper issues such as politics. The poets explore these different aspects of love through a variety of poetic forms like as a sonnet, ballad, dramatic monologues or metaphysical poems. Metaphysical poems are lyric poems. They are brief, characterized by striking use of wit, irony and wordplay. Beneath the formal structure is the underlying structure of the poem's argument. The range of speakers are usually men persuading a woman to have sex, or women demanding equality and women's views about losing their virginity. In the poems with the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ith his great love and lust; the flea links to their sexual relationship. Walsh's poem, 'A Woman to Her Lover' explores a woman's view of a marriage and her relationship with her lover. This poem reinforces that in those times men wanted their lovers to please them and made them act like slaves. It also portrays that women were extremely religious and it is evident that they are reluctant to have sex before marriage. 'The Sick Rose' shows the dangers that having sex before marriage will turn the woman into an outcast and this again shows that these were the problems the society had in those times. It reveals the darker side of love/lust which was portrayed to be good by Marvell, Herrick and Donne in their poems. So these poems using many literary devices show what love was depicted by both men and women in those times.

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