Sunday, August 4, 2019
Attitudes Towards Love in Pre-1900 and 1990s Poetry Essay -- William
Attitudes Towards Love in Pre-1900 and 1990's Poetry Ã¢â¬Å"The Despairing LoverÃ¢â¬ written by William Walsh was written pre 1900 whilst the second poem Ã¢â¬Å"I WouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t Thank you for a ValentineÃ¢â¬ by Liz Lockhead was written in the 1990Ã¢â¬â¢s. These poems are almost a century apart. Attitude towards love changes over time and these poems represent this. I WouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t Thank you for a Valentine is about how people think about ValentineÃ¢â¬â¢s Day in the 1990Ã¢â¬â¢s, while The Despairing Lover is showing what people think and how important they see love in the 1990Ã¢â¬â¢s. In Ã¢â¬Å"The Despairing LoverÃ¢â¬ William Walsh sets out the poem like a story with a beginning a middle and an end. This narrative structure of the poem gives the poem three clear stages this making the poem clearer to the reader and enables the poets written words to portray his ideas with the poem. In the first stanza William Walsh is seen to be in Ã¢â¬ËanguishÃ¢â¬â¢ over his loss of his lover. However in the second stanza his mood swings to being just unhappy to suicidal, Ã¢â¬Å"itÃ¢â¬â¢s torment projecting and sadly reflectingÃ¢â¬â¢. This also shows how the poet William WalshÃ¢â¬â¢s mind is working. In the third stanza, the poet realizes he might get Ã¢â¬Ëa new love.Ã¢â¬â¢ William Walsh realises his loss and believes he can find someone else. The words used in the despairing lover shows Walsh emotions, for example the use of the word Ã¢â¬Å"anguishÃ¢â¬ instead of angry is used because it is more dramatic. After reading the first two stanzaÃ¢â¬â¢s the reader is almost positive that the poet is going to commit suicide and is just leading up to a big climax where he jumps. However there is an unexpected twist where the poet just calms down and thinks he can find love again. This shows the poetÃ¢â¬â¢s structure of the poem and how ... ...ion and repetition. Another comparison between the two poems is we are both hearing the viewpoint from the poet not from anybody else. Both the poems also have a story behind them. I wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t thank you for a valentine has a hidden story and that is about something bad happening to her on valentines day. While the despairing lover story is about the poet coping with the break up from his lover. On the other hand their are also many differences between the two poems. There structure is different while the despairing lover is set out like a story with a begging a middle and an end. I wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t thank you for a valentine structure is set out like a list. Another difference is that the despairing lover has rhyming couplets while the second poem doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t. A final difference between the two poems is the both have different opinions on love and what love is like.