English Literature Poems

A very brief overview of the poems just to refresh your memory on Key poem attitudes, feelings and language - portrayed by quotes.

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On My First Sonne - Ben Jonson


- Pride and affection "lov'd boy"

- Metaphorical language "tho'wert lent to me, and I thee pay"

- Comments about death "fleshes rage"

Feelings and Attitudes

- Grief "O, could i loose all father, now."

- Uncertainty "Will mam lament the state he should envie?"

- Pain "As what he loves may never like too much"

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Sonnet 130 - William Shakespeare


Subversion of traditional images of beauty - "I have seen roses red"

Critical Language - "black wires grow on her head"

Sonnet Form - abab rhyme scheme and rhyming couplet at the end "rare... compare"

Feelings and Attitudes

Contrasts - "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"

Contempt - "reeks"

Love - "I think my love as rare"

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My Last Duchess - Robert Browning


Jealous - "but who passed without Much the same smile?"

Sinister - "Then all smiles stopped together"

Power - "I gave commands"

Formal - "Nay, we'll go Together down, sir"

Feelings and Attitudes

Pride - "Notice Neptune, though, Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity, which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me"

Jealousy - "that spot of joy"

Power - "none puts by The curtain I have drawn for you, but I"

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