Examine the Ways in Which Poets Portray the Experience of Love in 2 Poems That You Have Read. You May Wish to Explore the Types of Love, the Effects of Love and How the Poets Use Language and Structure.

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Examine the ways in which poets portray the experience of love in 2 poems that you have read. You may wish to explore the types of love, the effects of love and how the poets use language and structure. In Havisham and Sonnet 43 we are given a good idea of how two poets can have different opinions on the experience of love. Havishams experience of love is violent with dark implications of death “Beloved sweetheart bastard.” The plosive alliteration of B emphasises her hatred towards her ex and shows her experience is brutal. The oxymoron’s show her confusion and the use of antithesis helps us realise that she hates that she loves him. “Bastard” indicates odium and the use of caesura and “beloved” suggests that her experience of love is…show more content…
Havisham and sonnet 43 are also similar because they both portray an intense and encompassing experience. In Havisham her love is seen as erratic “Bite awake.” “Bite” indicates dark imagery and extreme feelings. “Awake” also shows us that she realises that this is reality and possibly doesn’t want it to be, this theme continues in the poem where shock is displayed “bang.” Sonnet 43 is also alike as Elizabeth says that “I love thee with a love I seemed to lose with my lost saints” which proves that her experience of love has taken over everything as she is willing to be with him instead of god. Finally Havisham and Sonnet 43 can also be seen as different as Havisham describes physical fantasies whereas Elizabeth real intimacy. Havisham asks for “a male corpse” and describes the “lost body” over her. “Give me” suggests aggression and desperation and “male corpse” advocates acrophilia, which makes you wonder how deranged Havisham is. “Lost body” also indicates physical happenings with a dead person, a sick, unrequited experience. Sonnet 43 however is much more real “I love thee with the passion put to use.” “Passion” tells us that the love is intimate and “put to use” tells us that the love is requited, all things that Havisham isn’t. These two poems both portray similar experiences and types of love but also differ. They can teach us a lot about the poet’s feelings and help us explore the effects and nature of

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