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The Farmer's Bride by Charlotte Mew

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Alba Mitchell Rodriguez

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of The Farmer's Bride by Charlotte Mew

COMPARE TO: Main theme: Unhappy love
‘Hour’ or ‘In Paris with You’- more modern accounts of how love can be an intense experience
‘To His Coy Mistress’- Both have a fustrated author, but this is more tragic whereas the other is more witty. The Farmer's Bride INTRODUCTION: The Farmers Bride, by Charlotte Mew, presents an unhappy marriage between a farmer and his young bride, who was personally chosen by him. The narrator of the poem is the farmer who describes what went wrong between him and his wife; he struggles to understand her and sounds full of self-pity and fustration, whilst the unhappy bride is presented to the reader as a mysterious and remote character. LANGUAGE 1 1.Poetic techniques
In The Farmers Bride, Mew uses a range of poetic techniques throughout the poem to capture the story of the unhappy farmer and his frightened wife, depsite the turbulence in their realtionship, the farmer still has a burning desire to be with her. “The soft young down of her, the brown,/ The brown of her- her eyes, her hair, her hair!”•“soft young”- indicate that she is so young and pure, and still a virgin•‘down’ and ‘brown’- internal rhyme puts emphasis on these two words that rhyme and quickens the pace of the line •Repetition of ‘brown!’- The repetition and exclamation marks suggest the farmers confusion and fustration at having no relationship with his wife.•‘eyes’ ‘hair’- her beauty is driving the farmer to dispair as he fixates on her beauty. •Both he and his wife are trapped in their ways, this can be seen as sinister that could possibly lead to aggressive behaviour, and in turn, lead to him taking advantage for her. LANGUAGE 2 2.“We chased her, flying like a hare/ Before our lanterns.
To Church Town/…turned the key upon her fast”
•‘We’- No longer just him and his wife, but the whole village seem to be involved, this adds to the sense that everyone feels her behaviour is absurd.•‘chasted her’- hinting that she is the one running away from her husband •Reference to ‘hare’- implies wilderness and could suggest that she is ‘wild’, a free spirit with peculiar characterisitcs that were alien to such rural area, which are illustrated by some of the dialect used. •The hunting imagrey formed could imply her terror.•‘Church Town’- Mention of the church could prehaps be a reference to the fact that they are married, almost like he is reminders her of this. •‘Turned the key upon her’- could be interpreted as menacing, like she’s being locked up securely so that she cannot escape or run-away again. FORM & STRUCTURE •The wild a fragmented syntax in stanza 2, lines 10-19, represents the frantic nature of the language used to the reader. The range of commas, semi-colons and enjambment makes the stanza seem breathless, similary to when one is chasing or hunting someone or something. This also happens in the final stanza, the frequent breaking of the rhythm by various uses of punctuation suggests the farmer is troubled, struggling to deal with his wife's fear, but also longing for her. WIDER ISSUES: •The Farmers bride seems to be written out of fear; as there is a sense of foreboding as the farmer struggles to keep his desire under control•There is little to sugggest that it will be a happy ending for the couple
•The message seems to be that the Farmer wants to do no wrong to his young bride but soon must take action as he seems to love this girl as her beauty.
•The watchful fascination with this ‘too young’ girl, that is pictured through the natural images he uses to convey her beauty, youth and vulnerability may suggest that he regrets choosing a wife who had no choice in the matter, instead of earning her trust first. CONCLUSION: •I personally don’t feel that the farmer cannot be blamed her his wife’s attitude in The Farmers Bride•It is clear that the young bride is petrified and should not have been forced into a marriage with an older man,•However, it is also obvious that she is troubled and prefers the natural surrondings in comparison to the company of people.•I would describe The Farmers Bride as a love poem to an extent, although it lacks romantic imagrey it is filled with the sadness when someone feels so passionately about someone yet they fail to have these feelings in return, and many see this as one of the hardest parts in love that people have to conqer.
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