Love And Marriage In Poetry Essay

2346 words - 9 pages

Love and Marriage in Poetry

In this assignment I shall be talking about the attitudes to love and
marriage, which these three poems reveal as well as their similarities
and their differences. The three poems I shall be focusing on are 'How
Do I Love Thee?' which was written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning;
'Remember', by Christina Rossetti; and Lord Byron's 'When we two
parted'. These three love poems are from the Victorian Era which
spanned over half a century. I shall be analysing the language, which
will lead me into an understanding of the meaning of each poem and
also the structure. In brief, two of these poems not only talk about
love's eternal qualities, but also about death and the pain of
separating. They are unanimously romantic in tone, religious in
outlook and hauntingly beautiful.

Victorian marriages were normally strict, a good thing for men, but
bad for women. Women were not allowed to make their own decisions in
marriage, but if they did and the father found them, he would separate
them. When the father married the daughter off, they sometimes got
unlucky and ended up with a husband who did not love the lady but just
used them as servants and for their body. In the Victorian Era, ladies
had no freedom what so ever, they were not allowed to have their own
houses, furniture, money; this all belonged to the husband. If some
women cannot stand the brutal behaviour, they either ran away or
committed suicide. In most cases, ladies tended to run away, but if
they did and made some money then unfortunately, if the husband finds
them, he will take all the money away. This was actually legal.

Not all Victorian marriages ended up like the above, some actually
loved each other strongly, for example Queen Victoria's marriage was
ideal in those days. They were so in love; to prove this, when
Victoria's husband died, she was utterly heart broken and she promised
herself that she would wear black from then on for rest of her life.

The attitude in all three of the poems is rather similar to Queen
Victoria's strong feeling of love. All three display intense emotions
for their partners, whether they are still together or not.

'How Do I Love Thee?' has the strongest link. 'Remember' is also a
love poem but is sad in its circumstances, and 'When We two parted' is
about separating but still there's a lot of love on the poet's side.

In 'How Do I Love Thee' the poem represents true love and moral love.
The poet uses a rhetorical question and starts to answer it. The poem
is a love sonnet. The starting line is a rhetorical question, and then
the rest of the thirteen lines are the many answers to this question.
The poem has got a short introduction to it. The poet tells the
audience how she loves him at the present moment but also gives a good
ending by moving onto their...

Find Another Essay On Love and Marriage in Poetry

Love And Poetry Essay

1361 words - 5 pages Love and Poetry For centuries, poets have incorporated various themes of love into their works. Over the years, although there have been drastic social changes within female gender roles, some traditions in regards to love and marriage still remain. One theme ever present in poetry is that love should not be delayed because time is short. It is the central theme in a poem written in the seventeenth century by Robert Herrick and is also

Love and Marriage Essay

1015 words - 4 pages Throughout Pride and Prejudice, there dwells the omnipresent theme of marriage. Opinions on this complex subject vary from character to character in Jane Austen's book, but one aspect remains the same -- the notion that the institution is a necessary step in the economical and political maturity of a young adult. This idea is present in all of Austen's characters. Some, like Jane and Elizabeth, believe rather strongly that love, or companionship

Love and Marriage in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

3448 words - 14 pages Love and Marriage in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Love and marriage are key themes that run throughout "Romeo and Juliet". The opinions of these two topics differ from each character. Shakespeare based "Romeo and Juliet" on an earlier poem by Arthur Brooke, "Romeus and Juliet". The opinions of the authors about the subjects of love and marriage differ and it is shown in their writing. Brooke condemned the

Love and Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

3752 words - 15 pages Love and Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813 during the Regency period. From a woman’s point of view, marriage was seen as “the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune”. Marriage was seen as the only way of securing a home and a decent living. If a woman wasn’t married she would have the life of a spinster, and depend upon a family

Love and Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

2826 words - 11 pages Examine the themes of love and marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice is the best known and best loved novel of the English writer, Jane Austen, who first gave the novel its modern character through the treatment of everyday life. Austen started to write for family amusement as a child, and received a broader education than many women of her time, as she grew up in an upper-class environment, which she wrote

Love and Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

3238 words - 13 pages Love and Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Analyse Jane Austen's presentation of love and marriage in her novel Pride & Prejudice. From your evidence suggest what Austen regards as a 'good' marriage. On first impressions of the novel, my own prejudices clouded my judgement of the book and of what it might have consisted. Living in the 21st Century it is somewhat difficult to imagine anything remotely

The Theme of Love and Loss in Poetry

3243 words - 13 pages The Theme of Love and Loss in Poetry "How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?" Albert Einstein. The subject of love has always inspired poets, writers, and those lucky in love as well. Love is everything its cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk everything

Love in the Poetry of the 16th and 17th Century

1462 words - 6 pages During the 16th and 17th century, many love poems and sonnets were written and most likely circulated for amusement and satire among poets. Though every poem is written about the poet’s undying love for their beloved, they all display different attitudes to love and ways of showing it. In 130, Shakespeare writes of his dark lady, portraying a real picture of her genuine features. Almost every line at first glance seems like an insult to his

Marriage Without Love in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

1566 words - 6 pages challenges the ideals of class hierarchy and indicates ones’ status is independent of wealth, or heritage, and is decided by how close ones’ view of marriage matches the natural love between a man and women. Jane Austen puts Elizabeth in charge of her rebellion against the gentry’s use of marriage as a way to attain social status and economic security. Elizabeth disgusted by their arrogance and rudeness, and unfazed by their wealth and status

Exploring Love Attitudes in Poetry

3262 words - 13 pages Exploring Love Attitudes in Poetry Introduction: The poems that I have chosen are: 'To his coy mistress' by Andrew Marvell. 'Sonnets 18 by William Shakespeare, and 'To the virgins, to make much of time' by Robert Herrick. All the above poems are poems about the subject of love. Each poem is very passionate and complex in nature when you initially read it for the first time and consequently they have stood the

Different Aspects of Love in Poetry

2442 words - 10 pages Different Aspects of Love in Poetry WHAT DO WE LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF LOVE FROM POETRY SPANNING A PERIOD OF SEVEREAL HUNDRED YEARS? We have studied the greatest love poems ever written by men and women. These poets have used poems to emphasise their feelings and experiences of love and relationship. From these love poems written by famous poets, we find out that love is a complex subject matter and different poets intend

Similar Essays

Love And Marriage In Pride And Prejudice

3131 words - 13 pages Explore the variety of attitudes towards love and marriage in regards to chapters one, nineteen, thirty-four and fifty-eight in Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice Introduction Jane Austen was born in 1755. She was the seventh of eight children. The family was well educated and affectionate. Her father was a clergyman and they lived at the rectory in the parish of Steventon in Hampshire. She wrote several novels one of which

Themes Of Love And Loss In Poetry

1974 words - 8 pages Themes of Love and Loss in Poetry In this essay, we are going to analyse five poems to study the way love and loss are treated in the pre-nineteenth century poems, "So, we'll go no more a roving" and "When we two parted" by Lord Byron, "Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare, "How do I love thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and "Remember" by Christina Rossetti. After looking at the level of implication of each of the

Love And Marriage In Renaissance Literature

1431 words - 6 pages Aeneas and Dido. But it was not question of marriage. Actually, marriage and love did not match very well together but then Renaissance literature developed the concepts of love and marriage and recorded the evolution of the relation between them. In the Renaissance poetry, Donne, in The Good Morrow, celebrate love and sexuality in marriage. However, the aspects of love and marriage were not always linked in life but they

Marriage And Love In Elizabethan England

982 words - 4 pages Marriage and Love in Elizabethan England The movie, Shakespeare in Love, provides insight into the world of Elizabethan England. Through the character of Viola De Lessups the audience is shown how marriage was an institution entered into not for love, but as a strategic maneuver designed to enhance the lives of those who would benefit from a union, whether or not the beneficiaries were the people actually exchanging vows