Love and Relationships poetry


When we two parted

Poet recalls the day he and his lover parted. she no longer seemed to have affection for him. He believes the sadness he felt then foreshadowed the sadness he feels now; even though time has passed, hearing her name effects him deeply. He hears people talking about her relationships with other men and feels hurt. He thinks he will always feel hurt and if he sees her again he will feel the same as when they parted.

Form:                                                                                                                                                     - ABAB simple rhyme scheme                                                                                                            -  Regular rythem   

Structure:                                                                                                                                              - Poem moves from past to present to future                                                                                        - Poet will continue to feel the same 

Language of death:                                                                                                                              - The end of the relationship is like death to him

Language of silence and secrecy:                                                                                                        - Relationship was secret, they where silent when they parted, poet stays silent about feelings    

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Love's Philosophy

The poet is trying to persuade a woman to be with him romantically. Everything in nature is connected but they aren't. Wants to know why she won't have a relationship with him.

Form:                                                                                                                                                     - ABAB, regular, not full rhyme to show how they aren't fullt together.                                                 - Everyone but them is in harmony.

Structure:                                                                                                                                               - Tight structure in order to be pursuasive.                                                                                           - 2 verses with a question at the end of each.

Language about nature:                                                                                                                         - Personification and pathetic fallacy show natural world, giving, recieving and gaining from love.

Repetition:                                                                                                                                             - Shows persuasion ('mingle' 'kiss' 'clasp')

Religious language:                                                                                                                               - Language and references to God ('winds of heaven')

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Porphyria's Lover

Man sits in a cold cottage on a stormy night and porphyria his lover arrives and makes it warm and comfortable. Then sits down next to him. He ignores her while she flirts with him, he seems upset with her. However he decides that she loves him and she belongs to him - he wants to preserve the moment, so he strangles her with her own hair. It's clear the speaker is mentally disturbed. He opens her eyes and spends the night sitting with her dead body.

Structure:                                                                                                                                           - Events in the poem mirror each other, 1st half porphyria is active and dominent while her lover is passive, it then reverses.

Form:                                                                                                                                                  - Dramatic monologue with asymetrical rhyme scheme and enjambment reflecting his unstable mind. A regular rythem reflects calmness.                                                                                      - Porphyria has no voice so the speaker puts his own thoughts and feelings onto her.

Language of possession and love and violence :                                                                             - Speaker wants Porphyria to belong to him for ever - believes pride and varities are stopping her.                                                                                                                                                   - Reflects troubled and destructive nature of his love.

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Sonnet 29 - 'I think of thee!'

The narrator tells her lover how much she thinks about her when they are not together. She is worried that her thoughts cloud the realits of him. She reassures him that she wants to be a strong presence in his life, and she wants to be with him not just think about him. 

Form:                                                                                                                                                     - A petrachan sonnet, the traditional form for love poetry.

Structure:                                                                                                                                               - Transition from the problem, thinking about her lover, to the solution, being with him. 

Excited Language:                                                                                                                                 - Use of ! marks shows joy at the thought of being with him. Plosive sounds, imperatives, dynamic verbs, emphasise how much she wants to be with him.

Langugae about nature:                                                                                                                        - Extended metaphor throughout the poem of growing vines. The narrators lover is the tree and her thoughts are 'wild vines' which cover him.                                                                                            - Thoughts are constantly growing and she wants her lover to be a strong permenant part of her life. 

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