Relationships In The Farmer's Bride

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Analyse the presentation of relationships in the Farmer's bride and one other poem Relationships dictates ones behaviour. Similarly, Charlotte Mew's poem deals with the institution of marriage that gave authority and legal rights to the man. However, James Fenton's poem is about surfacing from a long relationship. The rural society depicted in the Farmer's bride is a traditional one. The structure of Mew's poem features a dramatic monologue that reiterates the peculiar relationship 'betwixt' the Farmer and the bride. Consequently the bride "turned afraid of love and him and all things human." The rule of three amplifies her fear of sex and his presence. Furthermore, the repetition of "and" elongates the phrase to emphasise her anxiety. This demands the readers to empathise with the bride. Simultaneously, this validates Mew's intention to justify a woman's position in an arranged marriage. A wife could not legally refuse the sexual demands of her husband. The tone of the Farmer's monologue is honest and matter of fact. The farmer appears to be overwhelmed with frustration and desire towards his bride, 'sweet as the first violets'. The connotations of an unspoilt freedom suggests the farmer's desire to tame her. However, as the farmer's turmoil develops the tone also alters from frustration to desperation. As a result, the farmer seeks divine…show more content…
Furthermore, the fourth stanza stands out as an admiring description of his bride. Mew's heavy use of sibilance produce a sense of the farmer's whispered appreciation. Moreover, In line 34 the writer utilise a caesura to magnify the problem: although the farmer admires his wife, she doesn't reciprocate. "She is sweet.../To her wild self. But what to me?" The rhetorical question ends the stanza, this demands the reader to strongly suggests his
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