Show how these poets illustrate different aspects of love in their
The poems I have read are:
Porphyria's Lover; by Robert Browning,
The Lady Of Shalott; by Alfred Lord Tennyson,
The Eve Of St. Agnes; by John Keats,
A Trampwoman's Tragedy; by Thomas Hardy.
It is evident that in the four poems I have read, there are different aspects of love shown in each. In 'Porphyria's Lover', Browning puts across some rather dark kinds of love; obsessive, jealous and possessive love. I use the word dark, because in the poem, a clearly insane man kills his lover Porphyria, to secure all her love for himself, "And give herself …show more content…
"Whose is the child you are like to bear? - His?" , "God knows 'twas not! But, O despair! I nodded - still to tease."
This love gone wrong contrasts sharply with that in 'The Eve Of St.
Agnes'. The love in this poem, although being forbidden, is very romantic, and also reciprocal. Two young lovers successfully escape from the girl's castle, and elope together, to live happily ever after
(or so we are led to believe),
"And they are gone: ay, ages long ago These lovers fled away into the storm." The 'happy ever after' type of love in this poem almost make it seem like some sort of fairy tale. It is pleasant to see something a little less gloomy in these poems. The feeling of happiness in 'The E. Of St.
A.' is shown by phrases such as,
"Whose heart had brooded, all that wintry day, On love, and winged St.
Agnes' saintly care,"
Phrases like that really help to emphasize the feeling of love the characters are experiencing in the poem.
'The Lady Of Shalott' contrasts with this happy love, to revert back to the dark love that was seen in the other two poems. Unrequited, or unfulfilled love, is experienced in this poem. The lady sees Sir
Lancelot, and goes against her curse by trying to follow him. She dies. The love and affection that she instantly felt for him was strong enough for her