English Literature: Relationships Poetry (References)

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Brothers [3]
Sister Maude – Sibling feuds, distance between siblings.

Nettles – Imagery, characters w/ regret/reflective sadness.Harmonium – Nostalgia, insignificant events highlighting relationship.

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Sister Maude [5]
Brothers – Sibling feuds, distance between siblings.Nettles – Characters who desire for vengeance, defending a loved one.

Quickdraw – Idea of extremes, people who have been hurt in relationships.The Manhunt – Ideas about losing a loved one, distancing.Praise Song for My Mother – Family relationships (positive compared to negative).

Nettles [4]
Sister Maude – Characters who desire for vengeance, defending a loved one.Quickdraw – Imagery connected to battle.The Manhunt – Language connected to war/battle, characters who really care for loved one.Praise Song for My Mother – Protective parenting, opposite imagery.Brothers – Imagery, characters w/ regret/reflective sadness.

The Manhunt [4]
Nettles – Language connected to war/battle, characters who really care for loved one.Sister Maude – Ideas about losing a loved one, distancing.Quickdraw – Imagery connected to war, distance from loved one.To His Coy Mistress – Written from a male perspective, compared to female perspective, trying to connect/reconnect with lover.

Quickdraw [3]
Nettles – Imagery connected to battle.Sister Maude – Idea of extremes, people who have been hurt in relationships.The Manhunt – Imagery connected to war, distance from loved one.

Sonnet 116 [2]
To His Coy Mistress – Idea of time and effect on love, but opposite views (ending love vs eternal love).Sonnet 43 – Both centre around love, although Sonnet 43 focuses on personal love rather than general love, endurance of love.

The Farmer’s Bride [2]
To His Coy Mistress – Shares similarity that men’s perspective is more important than women’s, desires of men are shown.Passage of time is another theme – male narrators are aware of time passing while their desires are unfulfilled. They both want to change their relationships for the better, in their opinion, by cementing them through sexual union.Ghazal – Feelings of longing, although more negative in TFB as farmer focuses on how to subdue his wife.

To His Coy Mistress [6]
The Farmer’s Bride – Male perspectives, passage of time/ time limited.Sonnet 116 – Idea of time and effect on love, but opposite views (ending love vs eternal love).Hour – Preciousness of time to lovers, idea that time is a force against lovers.Sonnet 43 – Power and urgency of desire (rather than purity of love).Born Yesterday – Contrast between seizing the moment in THCM and accepting life’s limits to be happy in BY.The Manhunt – Written from a male perspective, compared to female perspective, trying to connect/reconnect with lover.

Harmonium [2]
Nettles – Father-son relationship, expressed openly here and less so in Harmonium.Praise Song for My Mother – Again, parent-child relationship, feelings more open in PSfMM.

Praise Song for My Mother [3]
Sonnet 43 – Similar listing of qualities, emotional nourishment from lover/parent.Nettles – Parent-child relationship, specific event compared to overall view in PSfMM, parent providing security, uncertain future (Nettles is negative, PSfMM is positive).Harmonium – Very negative parent-child relationship compared to this positive one.

Hour [4]
Sonnet 116 – Reference to the idea of the battle between love and time.To His Coy Mistress – Reference to the idea of the battle between love and time, value of being in the present and enjoying the moment rather than thinking ahead.In Paris with You – Rejects traditional ideas associated with love, love in an ordinary setting.Sonnet 43 – Both present love as a powerful and positive force.

In Paris with You [4]
Born Yesterday – Rejection of traditional ideas.Hour – Preciousness of present rather than past/future, relationship in an ordinary setting.To His Coy Mistress – Preciousness of present rather than past/future.Ghazal – Feelings of longing, although Ghazhal is less clear about outcome.

Sonnet 43 [4]
Hour – Both present love as a powerful and positive force.Sonnet 116 – Both centre around love, although Sonnet 43 focuses on personal love rather than general love, endurance of love.Praise Song for My Mother – Similar listing of qualities, emotional nourishment from lover/parent.To His Coy Mistress – Power and urgency of desire (rather than purity of love).

Born Yesterday [2]
To His Coy Mistress – Contrast between seizing the moment in THCM and accepting life’s limits to be happy in BY.Hour – Relationship in an ordinary, simple setting rather than chasing the impossible.

Ghazal [2]
In Paris with You – Feelings of longing, although Ghazhal is less clear about outcome.The Farmer’s Bride – Feelings of longing, although more negative in TFB as farmer focuses on how to subdue his wife.

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