Analysis Of Love Poetry From Different Poets

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Analysis of Love Poetry from Different Poets

As long as there has been poetry there has been ‘love’ poetry. Many
poets express their feelings through their writing, therefore many
poets write about love and other emotions and feelings attached to it.
Different poets have different styles of writing, so approach that
particular subject in different ways. “I am very bothered” by Simon
Armitage, “I wouldn’t thank you for a Valentine” by Liz Lochhead and
“First Ice” by Andrei Voznesensky are poems where the poet uses
different styles of writing.

“I am very bothered.” By Simon Armitage is a confessional monologue.
The poet is reflecting on past events, he is addressing a woman he
loved as a teenager.

The poet does not use a rhyming pattern, but instead uses an irregular
pattern in three blocks, possibly because he wants the reader to
concentrate on what he has to say, as it is important to him. He uses
a personal, narrative style to express his feelings, leading to his
final admission:

“If you would marry me.”

although he claims that’s not what he wanted to say by saying, “Don’t
believe me,” he wants to make a better impression, to show he can say
how he feels without having to hurt or scar her.

The poet uses images associated with burning; he describes in graphic
detail what happened. Not only does the poet give a clear picture, he
also makes you see what he sees and smell what he smells, “unrivalled
stench.” The burning possibly symbolises his desire for her. The two
rings marked on her fingers, “for eternity,” symbolises marriage and
wedding rings.

The poem is reflective and thoughtful. The poet proves that love can
make you do all kinds of things. In the last verse of the poem he
reveals why he did what he did, he wanted to marry her. He wanted to
put a ring on her finger for eternity, but different to the ones he
put on her finger and thumb.

The poem shocked me, I was surprised at the way he got her attention;
it seems quite extreme. The ending shocked me too but not in a
disturbing sense. He admits that it was a clumsy way to reveal his
feelings for her and I was relieved that he realised that.

The poem “I wouldn’t thank you for a Valentine” by the Scottish poet
Liz Lochhead gives a negative view on romantic gestures. It is amusing
with an ironic look at love and romance. It is the poet’s voice in the
poem and she is addressing her lover.

The poem is arranged in four blocks of long lines. Unlike the previous
poem the poet uses a rhyming pattern, the last word a line rhymes with
the last word of the next line for every two lines. The poem is
humorous and rhyme is used to enhance the comic aspect.

The poet makes you picture all the typical decorations in towns and
shopping centres on...

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