Compare and contrast how three poets (in four poems) explore love and

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Compare and contrast how three poets (in four poems) explore love and its consequences. In this essay, I will be looking at the poems First Love (John Clare), My Last Duchess (Robert Browning), Porphyria's Lover (Robert Browning) and To His Coy Mistress (Andrew Marvell). I will refer to these poems as FL, MLD, PL, and HCM respectively. I will first be looking at what love can do to ones emotions, and then at what people can be capable of doing. Clare has managed to convey what love can do if it is not recognised in his poem, FL. In the last stanza of this poem, he asks the rhetorical questions of whether love's bed is "always snow" and if flowers are "winters choice." By this I think he is questioning the reader if that…show more content…
In MLD, for instance, the duke had his last duchess killed, because he believes she is, to put it in modern day terms, a flirt. We can see that he believes this is the case and that it is otherwise when the duke states that it was not only him that brought a "spot of joy" to her cheek. He believed this was because she was being, excited, by another man, but he misinterpreted this totally in that, in fact, she was only blushing, perhaps of slight embarrassment or out of shyness. Because of what he believes, he makes sure that "all smiles stopped together", indicating that he had her killed or there is the slight possibility that she just died, although this is unlikely, judging by the tone of the poem. Confirming my theory of her being murdered, he begins the poem by telling the audience that she is "painted" on the wall, and that she is only "looking" as if she were alive. Again, toward the end of the poem, she stands only "as if" alive. In his other poem, PL, he shows how the lover killed Porphyria, and also hints at why. I think he killed her because he didn't want her to change. We get an idea of why he didn't want her to change from the text. For example, Porphyria "glides" in, which seems to be a sexual term in this sense, indicating that she is seductive. It is shortly after this part in the text that we find out that the lover could be a psychopath. I notice this when Porphyria had to
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