The Broken Heart By John Dunne

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In the poem, “The Broken Heart” by John Dunne the theme of pain is supported through imagery and metaphors. Through the author’s vivid portrayals of tragedy, the reader understands that his idea of love is very bleak. In one stanza he states “[love] swallows us and never chaws….. He is the tyrant pike, our hearts the fry”. Through this metaphor we see that love is similar to a predator who attacks his victims. By comparing love to a giant fish preying on a small fish, we understand that according to him the nature of love will take no mercy on you and consume you. Furthermore, another example of imagery is when he says his heart“one first blow did it shiver as a glass”. He contrasts his heart to a broken glass to express how utterly
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