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Read the two poems (Item A and item B) carefully bearing in mind that they were written at different times by different writers and are open to different interpretations…

Item A is a poem written by John Dunne called ‘The Anniversary’, talking of his love and the anniversary of so, relating it to royals to portray rich, powerful connotations of their love. Iteam B is by Elizabeth Jennings and was published in 1966. The poem is called ‘One Flesh’ and talks of his relationship with his wife and how their love has faded with affairs taking its place.

Item A follows quite a strict structure of rhymes with the last four lines of each of the three stanzas rhyming. However in the second stanza the last four lines follow a visual rhyme instead of an aural one, with the word ‘prove’ not fitting in. This visual rhyme disrupts the flow of the rhyme scheme as if to signify a disruption in their love. However, the continuation of the rhyming scheme afterwards could portray the constant, sturdy manner of their love; how disruptions don’t effect its power. Also, the visual rhyme is created by the one word “prove”; this could symbolise the idea of death disturbing their love, with one of their lives ending, and the rhymes continuation shows their love lasts beyond life; portraying its power.

Whereas, in Item B love is presented as a tired, exhausted emotion between the two lovers. “Like a thread to hold and not wind in” presents their love in a metaphor; as if their problems created a fragile relationship between them that is falling apart. However, it could also signify the idea that their problems have created a space within their love, portraying the imagery of the couple being separate, but their love binds theme together and is still unbreakable. This idea allows a hopeful, underlying tone to the poem. Furthermore, this quote is demonstrated as enjambment, with “and not wind in” on the next line. This device helps convey imagery of the metaphorical, emotional...
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