Essay on Analysis of Love Poetry from Different Poets

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Analysis of Love Poetry from Different Poets

As long as there has been poetry there has been ‘love’ poetry. Many poets express their feelings through their writing, therefore many poets write about love and other emotions and feelings attached to it. Different poets have different styles of writing, so approach that particular subject in different ways. “I am very bothered” by Simon Armitage, “I wouldn’t thank you for a Valentine” by Liz Lochhead and “First Ice” by Andrei Voznesensky are poems where the poet uses different styles of writing.

“I am very bothered.” By Simon Armitage is a confessional monologue. The poet is reflecting on past events, he is addressing a woman he loved as a
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He wanted to put a ring on her finger for eternity, but different to the ones he put on her finger and thumb.

The poem shocked me, I was surprised at the way he got her attention; it seems quite extreme. The ending shocked me too but not in a disturbing sense. He admits that it was a clumsy way to reveal his feelings for her and I was relieved that he realised that.

The poem “I wouldn’t thank you for a Valentine” by the Scottish poet Liz Lochhead gives a negative view on romantic gestures. It is amusing with an ironic look at love and romance. It is the poet’s voice in the poem and she is addressing her lover.

The poem is arranged in four blocks of long lines. Unlike the previous poem the poet uses a rhyming pattern, the last word a line rhymes with the last word of the next line for every two lines. The poem is humorous and rhyme is used to enhance the comic aspect.

The poet makes you picture all the typical decorations in towns and shopping centres on Valentine’s Day; she makes you picture all the gifts and cards that can be bought for lovers. The poet uses alliteration, “sticky, sickly saccharine,” for more effect.

The poem is mocking but ironic. The poet is trying to persuade you that she does not care about expensive gifts, is she trying to act tough? Possibly, that is until the last two words of the poem. At the end of every verse is the
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