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Comparing Poems "First Love, Amen and Porphyrias Lover"

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Introduction

Comparing Poems "First Love, Amen and Porphyrias Lover" First love is a poem describing when a man falls in love for the first time. This poem is very well worded, with similes and adjectives. It describes how love takes over everything; your mind, your body, your soul. It hits you like a bullet, and stops you dead. "I ne'er was stuck before that hour with love so sudden and so sweet." The poet describes at the beginning how he first noticed the woman's beauty, and how at each second he gazed at her, the more mesmerising she became. "Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower and stole my heart away complete." In a way, I think that the poet is trying to convince us that love is capable at first sight. He uses clever words and phrasing to make sure we are convinced. Still in the first stanza, he describes how the sighed of this woman froze him in his tracks. ...read more.

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In the last stanza, he talks about how he left his heart with her on that last day, and it never returned. "Amen" can be compared to "First Love" as more confusing and not as romantic. It is written in a different style, with different wording. Each verse starts with a question: "It is over. What is over?" "It is finished. What is finished?" "It suffices. What suffices?" It is hard to say whether this poem is about love itself, or her love for something, or even a love that she's lost. Reading the first stanza three times made me realise the poem is about a new beginning, a new start. "Now the sheaves are gathered newly, now the wheat is garnered duly." I think that maybe she has stopped loving someone or something. She didn't want to as the poem goes on to say will it stay that way? Will the love stay un-touched and un-mended? ...read more.

Conclusion

His love was so strong, he was obsessed with her, he never wanted his relationship with her to end. He dreamt of her, thought of her, fantasised about her. "I found a thing to do, and all her hair in one long yellow string I wound three times her little throat around, and strangled her. No pain felt she; I am quite sure she felt no pain." He convinces himself that she felt no pain; he loves her, and does not want to think that he has done a bad thing. He only wanted to spend as long as he could with her, as they were, forever. In his obsession he does not realise he cannot be with her forever that way, as she would rot. "Her darling one wish would be heard, and thus we sit together now, and all night long we have not stirred and yet God has not said a word!" This poem is touching more so than "First Love" and "Amen" as it is written in an unexpected manner, and also the sweet ignorance of the poor lover. Lisa Wildman 10J ...read more.

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