“The Definition of Love” is a poem by Andrew Marvell written in 1650-1652 and published 1681.
In this poem Marvell talks about Love. In the first stanza he speaks of the discovery of a love so unique that it resembles to nothinghe has ever experienced. But his lover is of upper status and the fact that they will never be able to be together brings him deep sadness. When we read the second stanza we understand that Marvell feels the power of his heartache is only as powerful as their love is. And even though the chance of this love ever existing is next to zero, it gave him a spark of hope. In stanza three, Marvell deductsthat if there is hope then the love is real and he knows he will fall in love very easily. However, he knows that the difference of hierarchy is determined to keep them apart. In stanza four, Marvell also feels that this situation or fate as he calls it had reasons for being so inflexible to the potential of their love. Because if they decided to go against ‘fate’ the women would have herreputation tarnished by being with someone below her class. Plus, it would be a scrape to her family in the eyes of society, something she could not allow to happen. This decision reached by the women in the fifth stanza, made it crystal clear that the two lovers would never be. They would have to keep cool and not forget their place, because if they do they would not be able to control themselves andthey would for sure become lovers, so a safe distance must be kept. In stanza six, Marvell realizes that unless a miracle occurs and the way the world is ran changes, they would have space to bloom, but there is little chance this happens. But no matter what their love will continue to exist forever. Marvell concludes that their potential love will always be a bond between him and her, even thoughher status and situation only drive them apart, they know they will never stop loving one another.
“When We Two Parted” is a poem by George Gordon Lord Byron written in 1808 and published in 1813 in “The poetical works of Lord Byron”.
This poem is about a secret love, a forbidden love. It is divided in four stanzas and each single stanza represents a different vision of this breakup, it is adark grieving moment. In the first stanza, the poet begins by remembering this separation and the way they felt: “half broken-hearted”, he has been rejected by his lover and from there he goes on to a life of disgrace. Just the knowledge that he was involved with the lover is a continual source of shame (“I hear thy name spoken, And share in its shame”), but he still talks about her in a caringway (“Why wert thou so dear?”) and apparently he shelters those feelings for years and years. Finally, in the last stanza he resonates on their past rendezvous and progresses to his never ending anger towards what he now sees as a betrayal, but still considers meeting her once more.
So I would say that this poem probably talks about a former lover who made a fool out of the speaker or of herselfand now the whole town is gossiping about it. People talk about it in front of him, not aware of their relationship and re-opening all the wounds of a terrible separation. Although, this poem could also have to do with death, meaning that the former lover is dead and that she is still victim of public ridicule because she led a life of waste. So the next he would see his lover again would be inafterlife and they could reopen their love with a greeting of “silence and tears”.
“Carnal Knowledge” is a poem by Thom Gunn (1929 – 2004)
This poem is about a person who probably thought he was in love and realizes it was an illusion all along. In the first stanza, the poet desires this person and doesn’t know if this desire was going to grow or vanish. He thinks of her/him, but wonders: does...