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In this assignment I will compare and contrast three poems based on the theme of love I will look at He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven by WB Yeats Robert Burns A RedRed Rose and the Lucy Poems by Wordsworth I will focus on each poets tradition and culture the poets use of language and the similarities and differences between each poem I will conclude the assignment with my personal response He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven was written by WB Yeats William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin in 1865 He abandoned his painting career after only three years to pursue a writing career with lyrics and plays He eventually developed his own individual style and his work was known for being particularly Irish He went on writing for the rest of his life and eventually died in 1948 In the poem He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven WB Yeats expresses his love for Maud Gonne Gonne was an extreme Nationalist who rejected WB Yeats and eventually married Major John MacBride in 1903 After this period there is a noticeable change in Yeats poetry perhaps because he realised his dreams of a life with Maud could never become a reality In He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven the tone is calm and peaceful due to the sibilants used nasal and L sounds which combine to create a dreamlike tone Silver light Softly Embroidered cloths To help the tone flow peacefully along there are no exclamation marks dashes or monosyllables to interrupt the flow Yeats creates a soft rhyming melody and tune almost like a lullaby The natural stress in each word helps to create the rhythm A B A B C D C D Yeats use of language creates very clear visual images eg heaven has connotations of peace serenity almost a nirvana Likewise embroidered has connotations of perfection an infinite array of colours
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