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 unrequited but also ongoing. Finally “sweetheart” shows contrast and tells us that she loves him deep down. This theme of violence continues throughout the poem where Havisham tells us that she has hands she “…could strangle with” and that she “stabbed at a wedding-cake.” “Strangle” signifies violent behaviour, decease and anger as does “stabbed” which highlights severe loathing creating strong imagery and capturing her rage. Havisham also says that “Not a day since then I haven’t wished him dead.” This proves her fury and hurt, implies that she is still not over what he did to her and that she wants to kill him. Overall Havisham is clearly a broken woman who can’t get over what happened on her wedding day and seeks deep revenge. In Sonnet 43 Elizabeth’s experience of love is unique and un-limited “With my lost saints-I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and if God choose, …” “Lost saints” shows that she has replaced Robert for religion and “smiles” and “I love thee” explains her overpowering love towards Robert. The fact that this sentence is also staggered shows that she is excited and happy and is also writing with no stereotype- a unique experience and type of love. Throughout the poem her writing...
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