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Comparing Attitudes Toward Love In First Love, Shall I Compare Thee, Porphyria's Love And The Flea

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Comparing Attitudes Toward Love in First Love, Shall I Compare Thee, Porphyria's Love and The Flea Love is an uncontrollable emotion experienced by everybody at some
time. There are many different types of love, whether it's between
mother and child, friends, lovers or a shop-a-holic and her credit
card. Many poets have written on the subject of love and tried to
capture the essence of the indescribable feeling. William Shakespeare
discusses romantic, eternal love in "Shall I Compare Thee...?" whereas
John Clare addresses the issue of unrequited love in "First Love."
Contrasting with these ideas of admiration and romantic love is John
Donne's "The Flea," where romance is by-passed and seduction and lust
clearly the sole motivators. In Robert Browning's "Porphyria's Lover,"
the tone of the poem is darker, addressing issues of obsessive love
and jealousy. The poems all discuss issues that are present today in
love and this makes the theme of love universal, indicating everybody
can relate to the feelings and experiences.

"Shall I Compare Thee…?" by William Shakespeare is a sonnet. It
describes a man's love and admiration for a woman. He says he is
immortalizing their love by putting his feelings into words because
"so long as men can breathe or eyes can see" people will be able to
read this poem and know of his love for this woman. The language used
in this poem is of praise for this woman's beauty and wonderfulness,
words like "lovely, darling, and temperate," show the romantic nature
of this verse portraying care and devotion. Shakespeare personifies
the Sun by saying "his golden complexion," also death is personified
by "his shade," this is done to show there are great forces that have
patterns and trends to challenge their love. The repetition of "faire"
is to stress the purity and loveliness of the woman. This poem conveys
warmth and awe towards its subject, which is clearly romantic, with
the use of elaborate adjectives and phrases, common for the time, to
convey his emotions.

John Clare's "First Love," is about a man's feelings as he is seeing
someone for the first time and falling in love with them, the manner
in which he talks of his desired one is similar to Shakespeare's
description in "Shall I Compare Thee" The language expresses the
emotions he experiences and the effects they are having on him, "blood
rushed to my face and took my sight away," and the personification of
his legs refusing to walk, show how these feeling are uncontrollable.
The writing style is intense this is shown by the hyperbole of his
emotions "stole my heart away completely…my heart has left its
dwelling-place, and can return no more." There is a standard (a,b,a,b)
rhyming scheme, making the poem sound almost like a song,...

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