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
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Sonnet 43 and Havisham both capture eternal love. In Sonnet 43 Elizabeth tells us that she “shall but love thee better after death.” This shows the reader what it is like to be in love and the object of the poets affection, the fact the she says “after death” also explains that her love is ever lasting and will never die, going on into the afterlife. This is possibly her saying goodbye. The repetition of “I love thee” eight times also expresses how much she cares for him. Then in Havisham Carol Ann Duffy describes similar imagery “The dress.” This monosyllabic expression creates an image of Havishams “stood up” dress and feelings and tells us that she’s still in that time. “The” also conveys the ceaseless dress. In this respect both poems are similar.
However Sonnet 43 and Havisham are different with one experience and type of love portrayed as strong and the other ruined. In Havisham Carol Ann Duffy tells us that “Don’t think it’s only the heart that bbb-breaks.” The repetition of b illustrates that her mind is breaking and she is going crazy, where every part of her is destroyed. “Loves hate behind a white veil” also captures a ruined love, where she is trapped between hating and loving him, the use of juxtaposition and oxymoron’s also highlights this. On the other hand in Sonnet 43 Elizabeth’s love is strong “I love thee to the depth and breadth and height.” “Depth” “breadth” and “height” emphasises the fact that

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