Compare And Contrast Poems

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The authors and compositions I most enjoyed This course “Classic English Poetry: Ages, Authors, Texts (16th-20th centuries)” in such a short time has introduced me to many and many amazing poets and incredible pieces of poetry. Having been presented such a huge amount of different compositions, it was quite difficult at first to choose those I liked the most. But taking the time to think it all through, I managed to narrow down the list to my two favorite poems of two different authors. The first composition I would want to talk about is a song from Marriage-A-La-Mode “Why Should a Foolish Marriage vow” by John Dryden. Talking about the content of this poem, I’d like to point out that its theme is marriage, marital vows, love and the degree…show more content…
(1-4) and “'Tis a madness that he should be jealous of me, / Or that I should bar him of another;” (13-14) we can understand that the author tells us a story of a married woman who doubts there is any point in marriage in which the spouses have lost all their love and passion towards each other. The main character of this poem expresses an opinion that, as both she and her husband have no more feelings to each other, they should be mad to continue this marriage and to try to bar each other from finding love with someone else, because the only thing they can give each other now is pain. Speaking of the structure of the poem, it’s important to mention that it’s divided into two stanzas; the rhyme scheme of this composition is an alternate rhyme. To bring the main idea of the poem we’ve just discussed author’s used plenty of different language techniques. The lexical techniques which can be easily found in this poem are metaphors (e.g.: the pleasure is fled, marriage is dead) and epithets (e.g.: foolish). The stylistic figures used in this composition are a rhetorical question (“Why should a foolish marriage vow… Oblige us to each other now…”) and an inversion (“Which long ago was…show more content…
The theme of this piece of poetry, as I see it, is aging, growing up or maybe even growing old and getting to the calmer and slower pace of life. The author keeps saying that the main character (though he uses “we” it can supposedly be Lord Byron himself) will “…go no more a-roving / So late into the night” (1-2) because, although he might still be able to do all the things he used to do, it might be a moment for him when he needs to stop as his time for play might be coming to an end just like all the other things in life usually
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