A Poem Comparison of Donne's "Anniversary" and Jennings' "One Flesh"

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Read the two poems carefully, bearing in mind that they were written at different times by different writers and are open to different interpretations. Write a comparison of these two poems.
In your answer you should consider the ways in which Donne and Jennings use form, structure and language to present their thoughts and ideas. You should make relevant references to your wider reading in the poetry of love (40 marks).
John Donne’s ‘The Anniversary’ is all about the love the theoretical narrator and his object of love share. A year has passed, and everything has grown older, drawing closer to their end. In contrast, the one ageless thing is the unchanging love the poet shares with his lover. Although their bodies will be in separate
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"I have no will to weep or sing...No least desire to pray or curse”: These two lines expresses how the author did not have any hope less and was feeling depressed. Furthermore, Emily Dickinson’s poem ‘What If I Say’, again the tone is extremely hopeless; her love has died but “yesterday” and without him “dungeons, nor guns do scare” her; without him there is nothing left for her. Donne, however, is hopeful that they will have many “years” together, but even if they don’t, the “second of (their)…reign” shall be in the afterlife; even death would not be the end of their love (“death be no divorce”). Jennings’ finds some comfort in her parent’s spiritual bond in the final stanza (“strangely close together”, even if it is as weak as a “thread”. She feels great tenderness for the parents who once passionately loved each other and her, the feather and thread images are gentle and soft, suggesting her love for her parents is also this way.
The repetition of the word “strangely” in the final stanza of Jennings’ poem could mean one of two things: either that she finds it strange that they do not love one another in the same way anymore or on the other hand, it could simply be emphasising that her parents are estranged from one another. There is a sad and empty atmosphere or mood created through the poem. The sense of coming death and fading passion creates a chilling mood; this contrasts with Donne’s poem in which the lovers are not fearful of death because of their
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