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Love Brings Out the Best in People Love Brings Out the Worst in People Does your reading of these poems make you believe either or both of these statements Refer to at least three poems one of which must be Pre-1900 In this essay I am going to refer to Our Love Now To His Coy Mistress and The Beggar Woman These poems reflect the way that love can bring out the best and worst in peoples relationships or attitudes to love Our Love Now is interesting as it shows two contrasting attitudes to love The poem is set out in columns each containing four stanzas The poem is written in the first person with the male protagonist being the narrator The male character reports the womans words as she would have said them Love brings out the best in the male narrator as he attempts to rebuild a damaged relationship He uses a series of metaphors as does she comparing love to a wound a burn a haircut and a storm With each comparison he is optimistic about the outcome The wound will heal the scald will disappear the hair will regroup and the storm will subside We can imagine the wound relating to trust in the relationship Perhaps one of the partners possibly the woman has been betrayed The raging storm could relate to an argument they may have had These images are strong visually and help us imagine the emotions that they relate to The womans perspective is different love has brought out the worst in her because she has been hurt Whereas the final line in each stanza spoken by the man is positive and hopeful her words are negative and bleak There is always a scar where the wound was A numbness prevails after a burn and so on The most decisive line in the poem is the last line The first three
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