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Lord Byron, When We Two Parted (1816)

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Love and Relationships (AQA Poetry Anthology)

In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores the fifteen poems that make up the ‘Love and Relationships’ cluster for GCSE English Literature (AQA). Each poem is read in full, with a short commentary highlighting aspects of language, style, themes, motif, and so on. In the case of Browning’s ‘Porphyria’s Lover’, for example, we think about the genre of dramatic monologue and the themes of possession and domination. When we come to ‘The Farmer’s Bride’, we focus on the literary heritage of wives who have been trapped/imprisoned by their husbands, and the wife’s relationship with nature. And so on for the whole collection.

The poems discussed in this course are:
1. Lord Byron, When We Two Parted (1816)
2. Percy Bysshe Shelley, Love’s Philosophy (1820)
3. Robert Browning, Porphyria’s Lover (1836)
4. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnet 29 (‘I think of thee’) (1845-46)
5. Thomas Hardy, Neutral Tones (1898)
6. Charlotte Mew, The Farmer’s Bride (1912)
7. Cecil Day-Lewis, Walking Away (1962)
8. Maura Dooley, Letters from Yorkshire (2002)
9. Charles Causley, Eden Rock (1988)
10. Seamus Heaney, Follower (1966)
11. Simon Armitage, Mother, Any Distance (1993)
12. Carol Ann Duffy, Before You Were Mine (1993)
13. Owen Sheers, Winter Swans (2005)
14. Daljit Nagra, Singh Song! (2007)
15. Andrew Waterhouse, Climbing My Grandfather (2000)

Lord Byron, When We Two Parted (1816)

In this module, we read through Lord Byron’s ‘When We Two Parted’, focusing in particular on: (i) the concept of Romanticism and what it means to call Lord Byron a ‘Romantic’ poet; (ii) the relationship between the past and present; and (iii) the question of who is being addressed in the poem.

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Prof. John McRae

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University