Writing about Love Love poems have always been very popular because love is one of the deepest emotions that people can feel and poetry is a good way to express such an emotion. When people think of love, they think of a typical romantic love but an exploration of pre-1914 love poetry shows other types of love such as unrequited love and obsessive love. The poems I will explore in depth are ‘To his Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvin, ‘The Garden of Love’ by William Blake, and ‘How do I love thee’ by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. Blake’s poem ‘The Garden of Love’ is his view of being deceived by the perception of marriage. He has shown this by using the Chapel to symbolize marriage.
The first line of the poem highlights the persona’s intent to discuss ways in which she loves her husband or lover. Moreover, in the poem, Browning distinguishes her intense feeling of love in an unlimited way that breaks from social restrictions, “Tis universal truth perceived in emotion” (Neri 61). She confesses about her feelings of admiration according to the ideals of the Romanticism movement, which requires one to expressing authentic personal feelings creatively and imaginatively without being bound by the societal norms. Romanticism era broke from the assumptions of social control and embraced self’s importance, “I know my own heart, and understand my fellow man” (James, Lawall, and Lee 487). For example, in the last line of the poem
The Essence of a Love Poem What is a love poem? Many believe that a love poem is supposed to be sweet and romantic. That is the basic tone of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “How Do I Love Thee?” However, William Shakespeare’s “My mistress‘ eyes are nothing like the sun” takes a much different approach to the typical love poem. Both poems are noticeably love poems, but they respond to the ideal in different ways. Browning describes her love as enormous and wonderful, but it is somewhat too ideal, to the point of being unrealistic.
This is also reflected in the extensive metaphors used in this poem. The most obvious of these being the first few lines in which Burns compares his love with a newly bloomed flower full of “life”. There are ... ... middle of paper ... ...re used to express the extent of his affection for this woman, and were not meant to instill any type of gloom or sadness, in an otherwise happy, cheerful love poem. The author was just wanting to try and create a powerful, moving, poem using overblown and extensive metaphors, which could easily confuse a reader into to making all sorts of interpretations instead of the intended meaning. This poem both focuses on the eternality of ones love, but also the time that is spent on earth.
In 'Remember' the poet describes her feelings for her lover, (which is a sad form of love). The narrator is talking about separation caused by death where love is trapped in the middle. Yet it is unusual in that, unlike Queen Victoria, Rossetti urges her lover to be happy and if that means forgetting, then so be it. Victoria never did. Both these female poets are also interesting in that love poetry was the province of men, especially the Petrarchan sonnet, named after Petrarch a Roman love poet.
The two poems I have chosen to compare for this essay are 'How do I love thee?' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and 'A Birthday' written by Christina Rosetti. Both of these poems describe love in different ways, the two poets use many different ways to describe the sensation of love. They can use the use of colours, object, or living thing to show the sensation. The poets use objects to show their love, as love in an emotion it cannot be seen or touched, so the poets try to turn this emotion into something they can touch, see and feel.
It appears almost desperate at times, as she beseechingly attempts to convey her love. The use of anaphora or the repetition of “I love thee” in Sonnet 43 helps Barrett Browning emphasise this desperate sound. This repetition sounds almost like a plea, as if she is trying to convince her husband to believe how deep, how all consuming her love is. She claims it takes over from “old greifs” and she loves him “with her childhood’s faith” – or in other words, the way she feels about him takes over from any old pain and she loves him in a childlike way: with blind faith. This repetition makes the poem appear to read faster, adding to the feel of Barrett Browning desperately professing her undying love to fiancé, Robert Browning.
In her book Lived Experiences, De Beauvoir argues that men and woman experience love differently. A woman will only give herself up to a man who truly loves and cherishes her and through the love she inspires, she will feel endowed and will be able to see her value. The woman deceives herself into being blinded to her freedom. She mistakenly believes that she would find her freedom within the relationship and not on her own. According to De Beauvoir (2011), the woman enslaves herself to her love in order to free herself (p. 691).
The narrator begins by first informing the reader that Mrs. Mallard has a “heart problem.” I believe that this usage was intended to be both symbolic and literal. The heart, in most modern cultures, is a universal symbol for love. The mentioning of it, is the author Chopin’s way of telling us that Ms. Mallard has a problem with love, as well as sets the stage for the story’s ending irony. She is a young married woman, with a husband that she recognizes loved her and treated her well. This is understood by her thoughts revealed by the narrator, “she knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her” (Chopin, Kate).
In conclusion, I believe that The Wedding Story and I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You, are two poems that try to portray a sense of love. On a personal level, I do not believe in love, but I think both writers do a fantastic job at sending out two different meanings towards the word. Julianna Homokay sets up a sense of fantasy love that turns into real love. Pablo Neruda writes more of a feeling he has towards someone that is supposed to be “love.” Both are realistic in their own sense. But depending on who the reader is, will result in what kind of expression they have on the reading.