Flashcards in when we two parted- Lord Byron Deck (31)
who was the poem when we two parted written by
what type of lifestyle did Lord Byron lead
he lived an excessive life style filled with partying and numerous heterosexual and homosexual relationships.. he was extremely popular with women and therefore had vast amounts of affairs with high status women.
what type of poet was Lord Byron
He was an extremely popular romantic poet
who is the poem when we two parted about
it is generally agreed that this poem is about the end of his love affair with Lady Frances Wedderburn Webster, who was married to another man at the time.
byron supposedly ended his affair with her in order to protect her staus and place on the social ladder as she was a married woman, therefore when he found out she had another affair with the duke of wellington he was deeply hurt and then proceeded to write this poem out of jealousy.
What type of poem is when we two parted
a lyric poem
what are lyric poems
lyric poems are emotional poems- they dont have a story to tell- rather it is an expression of the poets deep thoughts and/or feelings
what is the syllable pattern of when we two parted
when we two parted is an accentual verse
what is accentual verse
when each line contains the same amount of stressed syllables no matter the amount of overall syllables
what does the rhythm of two stressed syllables show in when we two parted
the rhythm of two stressed syllables in each line of when we two parted show the relentlessness and his emotions - shows they wont disappear- highlights a profound sense of heartbreak
why does Lord Byron use accentual verse in When we two parted
Lord Byron uses this throughout the whole of the poem to make the emotions appear more raw and real and that they are ongoing and everlasting as it occurs throughout the whole poem. it is a constant reminder of the apparent heartbreak and remains at the fore front of the readers mind
what lines does Lord byron break the accentual verse in when we two parted
Lines 5 and 7
"PALE grew thy CHEEK and COLD"
"TRUly that HOUR foreTOLD"
why does Lord byron break the accentual verse in lines 5 and 7 of when we two parted
He breaks the accentual verse in an important part of the poem- when he kisses her and realises she doesnt love him
- she is cold physically
- she is cold metophorically-emotionally -no love
Byron therefore breaks the accentual verse as a structual device to mimick his shock and breaking of his heart as he was rejected by Lady frances
"half broken hearted"
suggests byron is the only one broken hearted after the relationship ends - lady frances is not upset and therefore combining the couples emotions together they are presented as half broken hearted
"pale grew thy cheek and cold;" "colder thy kiss"
death imagery- contributes to the extended death metaphor throughout the poem- cold imagery - bitterness and jealousy
- the consonance highlights the harshness and pain he is enduring
what form does byron follow in when we two parted
byron follows the shakespearean sonnet form through the beginning of the poem up until where the rhyming couplet should be (g,g). it is in this moment in the poem byron finds out about the affair between lady frances and the duke . the breaking of the sonnet perfectly encapsulates byrons heartbreak and reflects byrons genuine love and affection.
it could of been a full sonnet(symbolising love) but instead it got broken as a result of the knowledge of the affair
in what line in when we two parted does the shakespearean sonnet end
"of what i feel now."
-present tense change
- fulls top shows the end of his feelings
"the dew of the morning
sunk chill on my brow"
pathetic fallacy-nature reflecting his cold melancholy mood- nature reflecting emotions- links to romanticism - the idea of a strong brow-masculine brow-byronic hero - romanticism
"i felt like the warning
of what i feel now."
rheterospective-contrast of then and now - although it happened time ago , nothing has changed and he remains trapped in his past emotions
"share in its shame"
sibilance-reminds us of the secrecy-secrecy in affair-"shh sound" has connotations of secrecy
"a knell in mine ear"
slow ringing of funeral bell- death imagery- metophorically the death and end of the relationship
"why wert thou so dear"
direct address shows rawness and realness of his profound emotions
repetition shows the profound strength of his ongoing repetitive emotions
"shall i rue thee,"
rue means painful bitter regret - powerful emotion
"too deeply to tell"
the emotions are too strong that they cannot be clearly expressed
repeated 2 times in the poem - repetition - shows he truly is suffering in silence - sense of helplessness due to heartbreak
more death imagery- highlights sorrow - metophorical death of relationship contributes to extended death metaphor
"how should i greet thee?
with silence and tears."
shows the breakup was abrupt and painful and that he didnt want the relationship to end - links to "half broken hearted"
what is the overall rhyme scheme of when we two parted
it is a strict and regular alternate rhyme sheme - and it is used to show him trying to control and regulate his all consuming emotions
what structure does the poem when we two parted have
a cyclical structure
"silence and tears" - sencond line first stanza, last stanza last line
- cyclical structure shows he is trapped in a painful cycle of his emotions and cant escape
how does each octave end in when we two parted
each octave ends in a full stop however all the ideas blend into eachother in each stanza despite it ending in a full stop- shows he is struggling to contol his emotion-overflowing