The Poets' Treatment of Love in I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke, The Thickness of Ice by Liz Loxley and How do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett

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The Poets' Treatment of Love in I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke, The Thickness of Ice by Liz Loxley and How do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"I wanna be yours" by John Cooper Clarke, is made up if three stanzas, each ending in the title of the poem, "I wanna be yours". The first two stanzas of the poem follow the same basic poetic structure. The poem presents a more modern, rather than traditional view of love with modern basic equipment, such as "vacuum cleaner", "ford cortina" and "electric heater".

The first stanza opens with the words "let me be your vacuum cleaner, breathing in your dust". This metaphor represents the person reciting the poem sucking you into their love. "I
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Each verse contains brackets; in these brackets it tells you a little bit more about each verse.

The metaphor of the poem starts in the second verse when it says

"At first we'll be like skaters" referring to the readers as skaters. The poet writes about the skaters testing the ice and edging closer and closer to the centre of the lake. The lake in this case would be their relationship which they are both eager to conquer.

The third stanza talks about their love starting to die down and it tells us of how they are not as "anxious to impress" each other anymore and how they are not as in love with each other as the skaters are towards winning gold medals. Instead of about how the relationship is steadily improving the writer writes about how the ice thaws, and the warning signs that the relationship is not working were ignored.

The last two verse in the poem talks about how they will meet as "acquaintances" "though secretly we will be enemies"

This tells us about how they will react to each other if they pass on the street after their relationship is well over. It also refers to the ex-lovers as children. "Having learnt the thinness of ice,"

I like this poem in comparison to the other two because of the metaphors and similes it uses the whole way throughout the poem. The way in which the poet has referred to the lovers as skaters is, really
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