When a love story is told in a first-person perspective, it makes sense for the readers to expect an overly dramatic and emotional narrative. James Joyce’s “Araby” and T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” are both love experiences written in first-person perspectives. However, in “Araby”, the boy occasionally assumes a somewhat detached attitude in his narration and in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, Prufrock sings his love song in a dry, passive manner. When the boy in “Araby” explains about the name of the girl he fell in love with, he says “her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood” (2169). Although this statement might sound passionate, identifying his love-evoked reaction as foolishness and not providing the readers with the girl’s name expresses the boy’s current state of
The song “Every Breath You Take” by The Police and the poem Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning both convey very similar and interesting stories. Both the poem and song have a theme that is centered around a man’s desire for a devout lover. For example, in “Every Breath You Take” the speaker says to his lover “you belong to me” (The Police 12) thus showing his need for commitment from her. In Porphyria's Lover the speaker tells the audience “she was mine, mine, fair” (Browning 36) also showing ownership over his love interest. These statements lead the audience to presume that both speakers believe their significant others will be faithful to them.
“With a love that the wingéd seraphs in Heaven/ coveted her and me.../chilling/ My beautiful/ Annabel Lee ” (11,15-16). The author’s poetic language is able to enhance the message of the theme as well as portray the compulsiveness of the speaker towards his lover that is unquestionably depicted within the stanza the speaker begins to contently delineate his lover, but then rapidly changes his tone and instead shoots accusations at the angels in heaven for tearing apart him from his beloved. The reader can deduce that the speaker had become blinded by the perfections of Annabel Lee and forced himself to believe she had met a sudden demise only because of how strong their love was and still is and not due to superficial reasons. “And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side /Of my darling — my darling — my life and my bride,/ In her sepulchre there by the sea — “ (38-40). Again, Poe is manifesting the theme of obsessive love by describing the manners and actions of the speaker in a disturbing way, evoking a strong sense of how mental he was for his lover to the point of laying next to her soulless body on a daily basis as if it was something done regularly.
These stanzas offer a satisfying conclusion, while also adding in the Wife of Bath’s ideas of gender equality and respect. Vocab: 1.) To bequeath means to pass on or grant something to a person. Each of her husbands had something that she wanted, possibly money, estate, or some other gain. 2.)
This creates a melancholic tone, which is heavy-hearted but not quite sad or depressed, and connects to the theme that love distorts the rest of the world. The tone that Shelley creates in his poem “Love’s Philosophy” is entranced. He uses a considerable amount of religious phrases, such as “the winds of heaven mix forever / With a sweet emotion”, showing how the speaker is almost spellbound, both by the person they love, and the very idea of love itself (Shelley 3-4). This connects to Shelley’s theme of love being desirable to
I stole happiness with you. I don’t mind paying. (Movie) This correlates to how Jean is willing to sacrifice his life because he loves Cosette and is willing to do anything for her happiness. Jean now wants Cosette to be happy with Marius whom she loves. Overall Jean Valjean love for Cosette has allowed Victor Hugo to use direct and indirect characterization as he talks about the thoughts and feelings of Jean.
If he was truly in love then he would express her face, personality, career, and everything about who she truly is. If Hunt was singing a song about how much he loved her for her who she is then the song would be romantic and appreciative. Maybe if he was writing a song about his wife or serious relationship then he would express love and romance, not her body image. Within the song, one can notice that he is overly obsessed with the girl. “First time I seen her walk by, man I bout fell off my chair,” expresses that he fell in love with her image at first sight.
Collins opens up with this to show how important his lover is to him, by doing this he sets the tone of the poem. People tend to do this as well, often people tell each other how important or valuable they are to them to create a sense of love. Collins refers to Shakespeare when he compares a woman to his favorite season (1). As humans, love is a natural thing, and Collins makes that very prominent in the way he flatters his lover so easily. This is relatable because when people love each other they often say sweet complements.
This is why Okonkwo was so happy when he saw Nwoye taking on a more manly role in society. This is necessary for him to include in his campaign because is shows his view on tradition and change, as well as his views on women’s rights. Mr. Brown believes in more equal rights for men and women. Although he values men over women, he still believes in basic rights like a woman’s right to practice religion. This is seen when he accepts everyone
The poem, in brief, is about the struggle the speaker faces as he prepares for war and attempts to explain to his lover how important honor is to him, surpassing even his feelings for her. It is written creatively, with a unique style. The poem is also personal and temporal, a trait of poems of this era. The poem is written in a conversational tone and is read as if by a male writer to a female lover. Lovelace weaves poetic techniques such as assonance, and metaphor together to create a good rhythm, and a theme based upon honor.