Unrequited Love Poems BiographySource(google.com.pk)
I am very fortunate this semester to have a group of 8 students on my new Irish Literature course who are curious, bright and diligent. This make teaching some of this material which can be, to the uninitiated, rather daunting at the beginning. I was made to learn the early Celtic Twilight-y poems from primary school, and was taught Yeats by some of the finest scholars of his work at Queen’s University, Belfast. I’ve been teaching Irish Literature every semester since 2005, at various different institutions, but almost always to people with a similar academic and cultural background to mine. So, the challenge for this semester was to make this material vital and accessible for students who are enthusiastic but from a variety of subject backgrounds.It is tempting, then, to give them unrequited love and the lovelorn poet.All of our students lean heavily on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography this semester in their term papers and in their other research. As with any large database resources, there are inevitably going to be gaps and some insufficient information. This is, thankfully, not so with the entry on W.B. Yeats. It is something of a tour de force by R.F. Foster, the Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford in Oxford. The entry is 22 pages long (understandable when Foster has written a 2 volume biography of WBY) and covers everything from the Rosicrucians through Fenianism and his varied love affairs. So, it is my aim in the classroom to fold this rich biographical information (Yeats is a poet obsessed, quite frankly, with writing about himself) with a decent understanding of poetic and dramatic technique and the intellectual movements which shaped his writing (French symbolism, Pound and modernism, later esoterica). At this point it would be, quite frankly, easier to tell a nice wee love story.
But, that’s not good enough and the relationship between Yeats and Gonne opens vital avenues to think about Yeats’ early nationalism and, importantly, his use of the sacred feminine and woman-as-nation. Gonne must be considered as an important figure in her own right, with her involvement in revolutionary nationalism and the Order of the Golden Dawn. Her newspaper Bean na hEireannand her work with Inghinidhe na hEireann cannot be underestimated and, indeed, her autobiography A Servant of the Queen is one of the finest sources for considering this period. It is ironic that such an active, engaged, political woman is often reduced to symbol, myth and the woman ‘who broke Yeats’ heart’. But, then, she becomes extremely useful while teaching to open doors into Yeats’ often complex relationship with the nation as well as the disjuncture between his ideals and reality
Love in Poetry There are endless ways in which love can be portrayed and occur. There are numerous types of love, whether it's physical, emotional or romantic love. I intend to expand upon and highlight the various ways in which love an loss is portrayed in 5 selected poems: John Clare's 'First Love', John Keats' 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', Robert Browning 'My Last Duchess' and Christina Rossetti's two poems 'Birthday' and 'Remember'. All of the poets portray love the concept of love or loss or both in relation to some; they all attempt to capture and express the presence of love and loss in the closest way possible.... 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 to illustrate the aspects of love in their poems. These aspects are categorised into three different sections: firstly we see the joy of love; secondly the sexual desires of love and finally the pain of love Attitudes Towards Love in Poetry Love is an emotion that has been felt by people throughout time. It is extremely difficult to put any strong emotion into words, but through the pre-twentieth century ‘Love and Loss’ poetry we are able to see various different attitudes shown towards love and the way that love is conveyed through relationships. The poems referred to in this essay are “First Love” by John Clare, “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti, “A Woman to Her Lover” by Cristina Walsh and “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning.Love in Pre-1914 Poetry Compare and contrast the ways in which writers’ present ideas about love in a selection of pre-1914 poetry Poetry is usually used to convey strong feelings and emotions which may be difficult to express in any other form. Poems are especially good at portraying feelings of love because they have set rhythms which can flow better than ordinary speech; poetry can also be good at expressing anger as the rhythms are capable of being very harsh. From times pre-dating the Tudors, poetry has been used by men to win the affections of their prospective mistresses because, by using verse, they could show emotion without embarrassment..