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Analyzing the poem First Love.

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Introduction

First Love I will be analyzing a poem called First Love, the poem was written by John Clare, who was born on July 13, 1793 and died on May 20, 1864. The poem is about the poets first love. The poem has three stanzas and eight lines in each stanza, there is twenty-four lines altogether. The poem rhythms, it goes in A,B A,B form, for example Hour rhythms with flower and sweet rhythms with complete. It is in first person, because it uses a lot of I, for example "I could not see a single thing" or "I never saw so sweet a face". From the title we can see that the poet was never in love before. In the first line of the first stanza it says, "I ne'er was struck before that hour", this line tells us that the poet was never struck with so much love for a person ever in his life. In the second line it says ,"With love so sudden and so sweet", this line tells us that the poet fell in love so suddenly, this line has aliteration, e.g "so sudden and so sweet". ...read more.

Middle

In the seventh line it says, "And when she looked what could I ail ?", this line tells us that when she looked at him, he became ill. In the eighth line it says, "My life and all seemed turned to clay", this line tells us that he turned into clay. This stanza tells us that he has become paralyzed by the sight of the girl. In the first line of the second stanza it says, "And then my blood rushed to my face", this line tells us that he has become shy and has started to blush. This line also has personification, "blood rushed to my face", blood doesn't rush but people do, so it is personification. In the second line it says, "And took my sight away", this line tells us that he has become blind . In the third and forth line it says , "The trees and bushes round the place Seemed midnight at noonday", this line tells us that because he has become blind he thinks that it is midnight and the trees and bushes have gone dark. ...read more.

Conclusion

Is love's bed always snow", in these two lines the poet is asking questions, which he does not answer, because he is confused, and he wants the reader to tell him. In the third line it says, "She seemed to hear my silent voice", this line tells us that he thinks she can hear his thoughts. In the forth, fifth and sixth line it says, "And love's appeal to know, I never saw so sweet a face As that I stood before:", this line tells us that, never in his life did he saw a face so sweet, and that they were standing face to face. In the seventh and eighth line it says, "My heart has left its dwelling place And can return no more", this line tells us that his heart has been broken, and it will not return to its rightful place. This stanza tells us that he has become confused and he dies. My conclusion is that it is a good poem, where the poet uses simple english, so anyone can understand it. I think people who are into love and romance will get pleasure from this poem very much. Syed Sahin Ali 1914 Poetry coursework: First Love ...read more.

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