Poets: Robert Browning, William Blake, Thomas Hardy, Shakespeare and Poe, Seamus Heaney, Maya Angelo. Poetry can be wonderfully fantastical or deadly serious. Or anywhere in between. But it is always expressive, evokes feelings, creates emotions and is always in verse. Poems can be as short as a word or as lengthy as five pound tomes. We will analyze poems from a completely different viewpoint: the theme of love. The poetry of love is a special way of expressing sentiments toward another person, a symbol or almost anything.
How many times has the poet shown dedication to the object of his affection through poetry. In fact, some of the earliest poetry found in manuscripts have been inspired by love. These poems can be deeply sentimental, like Shakespeare’s sonnet 116 “Let me not to the marriage of true minds;” some poems express the sadness love evokes, like Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and “Annabelle Lee;” others poems are straightforward and accessible, but the love expressed is to Nature, like Emily Dickinson’s “Some keep the Sabbath by going to Church.” And the beauty of love poems is intimately intertwined with the readers’ experiences. One reader might feel a strong appeal to Nature and creation of God in the same poem that another sees the verse as a lover for his beloved. Sometimes the meaning of a poem has less to do with its verses and more to do with the heart of the reader.
Finally, love poems are a great way to show how much you care for someone or something: you can freeze those thoughts and feelings in your diary or journal until you are ready to create your own poetry.
Miss McCulla is a retired English teacher of 32 years. She has Mastery of the grammar and mechanics of English, and has taught expository, fiction writing, and rhetorical skills to hundreds of students and aspiring writers throughout her career. She has written/edited/self-published five books, and currently manages a writing blog called The Underground Tutor where she gathers essays, articles, entries, papers, manuals, profiles, criticisms, analyses of literature, just like those asked of students and writers in the university and publisher houses, and years of “teacher tips” and “general interest examples,” and passes them on to interested writers.
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