Essay When We Two Parted

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English Final
Fellow year 12 English literature enthusiasts, good morning and welcome. Before we delve into the beautiful world that is poetry, may I please ask you to close your eyes? Close your eyes, clear your mind and picture a plain white room, free of all opinion and emotion.
Place your most cherished love in this room; whether it is the boy or girl you eternally adore, the best friend who you have shared and bared your soul to or the family member you have the utmost admiration towards. Envision the one smile that they effortlessly flash in your direction, it’s the look that literally places knots in your stomach and brightens the dullest of days.. and now it disappears. They’re walking away from you as you are from them and you
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Before we can discuss and deconstruct the poet’s ties with “When We Two Parted” and the era, it is essential that as poetry enthusiasts we analyze the poetic devices used. The poem is dividing into four stanzas, coinciding with the four steps of separation in the eyes of Byron that will be discussed later. As you can see, the author uses three obvious poetic devices which include a particular rhyme scheme, imagery and repetition. Imagery is used heavily in the first half of the writing in an attempt to set the scene for the poem and leave the intended audience with feelings of an icy bitterness. This is done through lines such as;
“Pale grew thy cheek and cold, Colder thy kiss” (line 5 & 6, stanza 1) and
“The dew of the morning, Sank chill on my brow” (line 1 & 2, stanza 2).
Repetition is used throughout the whole poem in order to hone in important concepts and feelings to the reader. For example, the line “In silence and tears” appears in the second line then reappears in the final line. This reinforces the only action he can perform due to his strong feelings. Key words are also repeated in succeeding lines such as cold, feel and knew; concepts which are also pertinent to understanding the poem. These poetic devices assist in illustrating the topics and themes of poem by helping to convey strong emotion, typical of the Romantic Era.

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