How Different Poets Treat The Theme Of Love In My Last Duchess And Porphyria's Lover '

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Explore how the different poets treat the theme of love referring to the three poems in detail and to three other poems
Many people have different views on love. A mother 's view on love will be different to a negative view on love; it differs from person to person. Love to me is a deep personal connection between two people. A feeling where you would do anything to help the other person, to make them happy even if it means you 're unhappy. Love to me is accepting the other person 's flaws and loving them for who they are, and not having to change them.
Both "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria 's Lover" are poems about love. However each depicts a different love. "My Last Duchess" is exploring a negative type of love while "Porphyria 's Love"
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The love the mother has for her son is selfless, unconditional and eternal even though she will have to move on when he dies, her love will never fade. The writer shows that love can be painful and powerful. In the very first line Achebe refers to the mother as “Madonna” meaning Mary, so her child is Jesus. “ No madonna and Child could touch”, he implies Mary didn’t love Jesus as much as the mother in poem loves her son. In a way Achebe is making the mother a saint. He uses ellipse to show that time is passing but also to give the reader time to absorb and process the pain the mother is going through seeing her son die while not being able to do anything. He also uses ellipse to show the time change from the present to the past, when they had a normal, healthy life. Achebe emphasizes the conditions of the camp by using all the senses such as “odors of diarrhea” and “humming in her eyes”. This makes it easier for the reader to identify and sympathize with the hardships the mother is going through. Achebe, by using descriptive language shows the terrible conditions the two are having to live in, and the extent of the malnutrition as the boy has “rust-coloured hair” instead of the black he would naturally have. The attitude taken towards the situation they are in is strange as her son has “ a ghost smile” on his face, which is odd because he is on the brink of death and he is smiling. The mother “had bathed him” bathing him could represent a baptism or even preparing him for his funeral. The mother appears to be re living their old life before the refugee camp, she’s combing “the rust-coloured hair”. This used to be an insignificant act in their daily routine, however it has now become a morbid act “like putting flowers on a tiny grave.” The end of the poem is one of finality which could signify the end of their relationship as mother and son, and the end of his

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