Compare and Contrast
A lot of television programmes (soaps) and songs have the theme of love, but until the latter part of the 20th Century, poetry was one main source of entertainment, along with novels and plays. Traditional love poetry is usually romantic, comparing the beloved to inconceivable beauty, Shakespeare's poetry being an example. Young love is also a popular subject. A good poem showing this type of love is John Clare's 'First Love' in which the boy is dumbstruck by the beauty of his first love, "my blood rushed to my face." However poetry, which breaks tradition, is just as interesting if not pleasant. Robert Browning's poems are good examples, some more cheerful than others. There are so many types of love poems including obsessive love, spiritual love, erotic/passionate love and 'sickly' love. Different poets approach the subject of love differently. Some prefer Shakespeare's love others prefer Donne's love.
We have studied and analysed a lot of poems, but I have chosen two poems to compare. The first is Shakespeare's sonnet 'Shall I compare thee..?' It is a classic sonnet with three quatrains and a rhyming couplet at the end. I think that this length of poem is perfect for its purpose, which is to explain and explore a single thought.
Shakespeare uses intense language. By doing this he gives his love a kind of immortality, the love is everlasting.
The poem begins with a question, "Shall I compare thee to a summers day?", a lively and inviting tone. This is a remarkable claim.
Shakespeare is comparing his love with perfection. The question is answered in the next line, "Thou art more lovely and more temperate".
This is even more astonishing as he believes her to be more perfect than perfection. Shakespeare changes his tone to show the temporary nature of spring and why summer is not a fair enough comparison,
"rough winds do shake the darling buds of