Relationships - Poetry

Which poems to compare in the relationships category.

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The Manhunt - Simon Armitage

Compare

In Paris With You;

  • IPWY speaker is unwilling to speak of experiences in past.
  • TM man is similarly closed off.

The Farmer's Bride & His Coy Mistress;

  • TM woman explores her feelings for husband and their relationship.
  • TFB & HCM from male perspective.
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Hour - Carol Ann Duffy

Compare

Sonnet 116;

  • Battle between love and time in both.

His Coy Mistress;

  • Battle between love and time in both.
  • Value of being in present and enjoying the moment, in both.

In Paris with You;

  • Rejects traditional ideas of love in both.


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In Paris with You - James Fenton

Compare

Born Yesterday;

  • Both reject traditional ideas.

Hour;

  • Focuses on preciousness of present rather than past and future. In both.
  • Relationship blossoming.
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Quickdraw - Carol Ann Duffy

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Nettles;

  • Both make use of imagery from a different context to bring significance to everyday situations.

Sister Maude;

  • Both present the idea of conflict and violence in a relationship.
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Ghazal - Mimi Khalvati

Compare

In Paris with You;

  • Both about feelings of longing for someone.
  • Ghazal less clear about outcome, IPWY relationship is reality.

The Farmer's Bride;

  • Sense of longing is negative in TFB.
  • Farmer wants to control wife in TFB, speaker is prepared to change in Ghazal.
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Brothers - Andrew Forster

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Sister Maude;

  • Relationships between siblings.
  • Adulthood brings distance between siblings.

Harmonium;

  • Both poems use seemingly insignificant events to illustrate the relationship.
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Praise Song for My Mother - Grace Nichols

Compare

Sonnet 43;

  • Both list/catalogue another person's qualities.
  • Both give a sense of emotional nourishment.

Nettles;

  • Both end with the idea of an uncertain future.
  • Nettles about a specific event, PS about overall impression.
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Harmonium - Simon Armitage

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Nettles;

  • Both about relationship between father and son.

Praise Song for My Mother;

  • Both about a parent from a child's perspective.
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Sonnet 116 - William Shakespeare

Compare

To His Coy Mistress;

  • Both explore the idea of time and its effect on love.

Sonnet 43;

  • About defining love whereas sonnet 116 is about defining personal love.
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Sonnet 43 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Hour;

  • Both present love as a positive and powerful force.

Sonnet 116;

  • Both insist on the endurance of love.
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To His Coy Mistress - Andrew Marvell

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Hour;

  • Both about the preciousness of time to lovers.
  • Both present the idea that time is a force against lovers.

Sonnet 43;

  • Contrast; THCM about power and urgency of desire, S43 about purity of love.

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The Farmer's Bride - Charlotte Mew

Compare

To His Coy Mistress;

  • Both present the female perspective as less important or unfathomable.
  • Time is the key theme in both poems.
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Sister Maude - Christina Georgina Rosseti

Compare

Brothers;

  • Both about relationship between siblings.
  • Delicate balance between friendship and rivalry.

Praise Song for My Mother;

  • PSFMM about close family relationship (positive & supportive), SM about negative, jealous relationship.
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Nettles - Vernon Scannell

Compare;

The Manhunt;

  • Both explore war and martial injury in context of close relationship.

Praise Song for My Mother;

  • Both about actions of a caring, protective parent.
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Born Yesterday - Phillip Larkin

Compare

To His Coy Mistress;

  • BY encourages reader to accept life's limits, THCM suggests that people should aim for as much excitement and pleasure as possible.

Hour;

  • Both about finding pleasure in ordinary, everyday experiences.
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