Comparing the Two Poems: When We Two Parted and La Belle Dame Sans Mer

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GCSE English coursework: comparison of poems. There are many similarities and differences between the two poems: "When We Two Parted", written by Lord Bryon, and "La Belle Dames Sans Merci", written by John Keats. I shall be exploring these poems and seeing connections and differences between them, so that I am able to compare them. The storyline of both poems is based around love, and so they are similar in that respect, however I think the poems bring out different types of emotions. When We Two Parted is melancholy throughout, and is a lament for a lost love. This is different to La Belle Dame Sans Merci, as it is more enchanting and more to do with desire than love. It becomes exotic and bewitching, with the mood of the poem…show more content…
This puts stress on each word and makes the poem sharper to represent his angered sorrow. The rhyme also helps us to remember the line as rhyme does in nursery rhymes and songs. The rhyming words in When We Two Parted are very strong such as "years" and "tears", however the rhyming words in La Belle Dame Sans Merci only half rhyme such as "loitering" and "sing". Keats does this in the first and last verse and I think he has done this so that those verses stand out from the poem. In When We Two Parted, Byron has used double- syllable words in rhyming such as "broken and spoken", "morning" and "warning". Doing this accentuates these lines so that the poem is stronger. Both poems use rhyme within their structure, however the rhyme is a lot stronger in When We Two Parted as it is such a sharper poem. Both poems use repetition to make certain lines and stanzas prominent. The first lines of each poem are both repeated at the end of each poem. However they are repeated for different reasons. In When We Two Parted, the repetition is there to make the characters feeling obvious, whereas in La Belle Dame Sans Merci, the first verse is repeated at the end, to show that he is trapped in an unstoppable spell. La Belle Dame Sans Merci also uses alliteration to make lines stand out: "Alone and palely loitering?" This line repeats the letter "l" as it creates a soft sound like a song to make the tranquil mood. La Belle Dame Sans Merci also repeats certain adjectives
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