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“Remember” by Christina Rossetti and “Piano” by D.H. Lawrence are poems about nostalgic remembrance. They both have the same theme. This essay will compare and contrast two poems, bearing in mind the similarites and the differences between both poems. Thus, it will talk about the main themes of both poems (nostalgia for an idealized past, unconditional love, reminiscence of a loved one etc.) and it will also analyze the tones and language Christina Rossetti and D.H. Lawrence use.

Both poems are about recalling someone who has disappeared from their world. Themes are definitely similar. Christina Rossetti titled one of her poems “Remember” to draw the attention on the most important subject of the poem. While D.H. Lawrence did not show the themes of his poem, “Piano” in the title. Yet it shows the main theme of the poem, remembrance, when reading it. The first-two lines of D.H. Lawrence’s poem, “Piano”, that says “Taking me back down the vista of years, ..” displays how the past has brought him or the speaker back to his childhood days. Massive, great attention is given to his diction by Lawrence himself. D.H. Lawrence or the speaker does not want to be remembered by his past, however he is made remember against his own will. Nevertheless, Rossetti’s poem, “Remember” is only about memories. Both poets are nostalgic about losing a lover and a mother. The speaker or Lawrence remembers his mother, by looking at what his mother used to do when she was in his world. But, “Remember” is not a poem about remembering a parent. The poem is about a lover. On the third line, the speaker states, “..you can no more hold me by the hand, ..”. One of the typical gestures between lovers is holding hands; in that way, Christina Rossetti is obviously reffering to a beloved one. “Remember” is a person talking in the present, hoping that someone (lover) to remember in the future. “Remember me when I am gone away, ..”, shows that the speaker in the poem wants her lover to remember...
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