The idea that the there is some sort of flaw in either the way you desire the beloved, or the desire 's themselves are flawed. We see two angles from each of the poems and how Gluck manipulates them to hit both sides of wanting and resenting the desires. The way the poems are framed, makes it seem like another theme is having desires but with a lack of love. The desire is purely based on physical attraction and lust. In her descriptions of these single intimate moments in time, we can see that the focus is less on the emotional and spiritual connection with the beloved, and more on the bodily pleasures of the lover.
The particular word choice of “favour” connotes an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual, a clear mockery of the Duke’s colossal egotism. This idea is enhanced by how the Duke refuses to stoop to her level by not asking her about her suspected affairs without any tangible evidence. His narcissism unsurprisingly leads him to place himself on a self-appointed pedestal, making it that much harder to “stoop” to confront the Duchess. By using a rhetorical question, “Who’d stoop to blame This sort of trifling?” the Duke pressures the reader into agreeing that basic communication shouldn’t be conducted because that would be “stooping”. Furthermore, in lines 42-43, Browning uses assonance to reiterate the stoic belief of how speaking to the Duchess would be lowering himself to her
During the Romantic era, it was known for poets to write with the power of imagination and striving for the infinite. On the other hand, “The Tyger” does exactly this. In Blake’s radical period when most of his greatest poems are written. The poems are sufficiently often targeted against brutal situations like religion or the monarchy, or any and all cultural traditions – sexist, racist, or classist – which constipates imagination or passion. These
Love is a complex emotion; it is both one of the most wonderful and painful feelings a human being experiences. In the poem Valentine, poet Carol Ann Duffy explores the ‘true’ concept of love extremely eloquently and unusually, through the use of powerful and thought provoking imagery and language techniques. The form, in which Duffy effusively depicts an onion to the concept of love, is done through the use of convincing metaphors, similes, alliteration, and other language techniques, which make the reader, both empathize and envy the emotion Duffy describes. Carol Ann Duffy uses alliteration, negative adverbs and blunt sentences to connote her rejection of and animosity towards traditional love tokens. This is conveyed in Duffy’s use
I connected this idea to a previous text, Sudhir Kakar’s Intimate Relations where Rano, the protagonist of one of the stories, desired to be beaten up by her husband to establish their relationship as a married couple. The idea of love with respect to desire was another point that I tried to cover in my post. The trance of love and desire often makes the two concepts very unrealistic for us, hence often blurring the lines between the reality and fantasy of these two raw emotions. Though these initial ideas regarding reality and desire with respect to violence do hold true for me in some parts, it is has become rather problematic for me to attach a negative connotation to desire. It also makes me question why love and desire as seen so differently.
These two pieces of poetry also personify love by using human actions that can symbolize how humans react towards our emotions. One thing that they contrast in is that the author of “The Clod and the Pebble”, William Blake, shows both sides to love throughout his verse while Lady Mary Wroth, the author of “Song” depicts only the negative side. Despite their differences, poetry is made to show a wise opinion and perspective towards a theme or situation so both poems offer us an insight into how things could be seen.
Romeo’s longing for ideal love is the primary driving force behind most of his actions, that reveal themselves as impulsive and stupid. In the tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, mutual love and devotion are the main characteristics of Shakespeare’s ideal love. He also portrays the idea of lovers making sacrifices in order to be together, even if it means forsaking things that are valuable to their existence, including their lives. The individuals possessed by ideal love are not the only ones who are affected by it. In Romeo and Juliet, Friar Lawrence’s first reaction to Romeo’s drastic change of “love” was shocking : “Holy Saint Francis, what a
As he shows the visitor around the palace, he stops before a portrait of the late Duchess, apparently a young and lovely lady. The Duke begins to reflect on the portrait and then the Duchess herself. The central theme of love and obsession in My Last Duchess is implied throughout the poem. ‘… since none puts by the curtain I have drawn for you, but emphasizes the Duke’s dominating, selfish and sinister personality, showing that
Despite a lot of the play exploring the positives and the beauty of love and romance, the real lessons from the story are found in the primitive and belligerent nature of the characters. Ultimately, the story of Romeo and Juliet teaches us about the most quarrelsome, primal instincts of the human nature, and how not avoiding them can lead to a tragic end. Romeo and Juliet’s families, as mentioned previously, both have an extreme hatred for each other. Even at the beginning of the play, Tybalt and