Different Attitudes To Love In La Belle Dame Sans Merci And I Wanna Be Yours

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Different Attitudes To Love In La Belle Dame Sans Merci And I Wanna Be Yours

In This essay I will aim to consider the different attitudes of love demonstrated by John Keats and John Cooper-Clarke. I will go on to consider how each poet uses imagery and other language devices to convey their message. I will compare the structure and rhythm of each poem, and consider how this affect the mood created in each poem. To conclude, I will show that the cynical attitude towards love demonstrated by John Keats is a reflection upon his painful life experiences, while the more positive attitude demonstrated by John Cooper-Clarke conveys a message of hope while accepting the imperfections of the human race.
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There is a suggestion in this poem that these two people have had a past relationship. It suggests that one partner has been unfaithful but is now filled with remorse and is desperately trying to convince the other person that they are sorry and will never make the same mistake again. This suggestion is shown by the words 'I don't wanna be hers, I wanna be yours!'

Keats portrays love in a negative light. I believe that Keats is saying that love always feels wonderful in the beginning but that feeling never lasts and very soon it dies as demonstrated by the metaphor; 'on thy cheek a fading rose, fast witherth too!'

In contrast John Cooper-Clarke portrays love in a positive light, but he recognises how hard you have to try to make love work. He uses metaphors that suggest protection, comfort and security, for example, 'let me be your teddy bear,' suggests that they will always be together through all life's ups and downs. By using imagery of every day objects he tries to create a warm domestic picture. He appears to be trying to create a picture of reliability trying to convince the unseen lady that he won't run out, 'Let me be your electric meter I will not run out.' However, his words are obsessive and hint at
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