Discuss the Theme of Love and Longing in the Poems You Have Studied.

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Discuss the theme of love and longing in the poems you have studied.
Poetry enables a writer to express his or her feelings. Like painting or music it is an art, an art that supplies the reader with an insight to the poet’s mind. Poetry is a response and an evaluation of the author’s world and life. A poem can represent sorrow, joy, love, anger, despair, or it can simply be a reflection of an event or memory. Poems frequently have hidden meanings, but many are simple and clear. They demonstrate in a unique way how it feels, for example, to be in love, to watch a sunset, or to stand by someone’s deathbed.
The poems I have chosen to study are Bronte’s “Remembrance”, Matthew Arnold’s “Longing” and W.H.
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It is so intense and distressing. She is very courageous, most who feel so strongly would take their own lives to be with their lovers, she lives on in the darkness, in the solitude of her despair, and endures the hardship of being without him. Even though we are unable to connect with the implausible grief she feels, we feel sympathy and compassion for her. It is almost heartbreaking that she is not dead, that she still lives on in the “empty world.” The second poem from the 1800-century is “Longing” by Matthew Arnold. Arnold was born in 1822 and dies in 1888. His collection of timeless pieces includes “Youth and Calm” and “The Strayed Reveller”. The poem “Longing” is central to the theme of love and loss. It is melancholic and very moving. The title presents yearning and embodies the idea of loneliness. The word “longing” is central to the melancholy of the poet’s life without his lover. He longs to see his loved one in dreams and to come to him as he sleeps. The poem is much shorter than Bronte’s Remembrance. There are four stanzas with four lines in each. It is simple and yet the intimacy of the poet is not deduced, nor does it make his despair seem less significant. The simplicity is actually quite important; Arnold’s love requires no extravagancy. He uses no unnecessary detail, description or structure. This is a total contrast to Bronte’s “Remembrance” which is lengthy and has frequent descriptive phrases, many of which are very intense. Also


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