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Love after Love and This Room

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English Comparison Essay:- Love after Love and This Room The two poems with which I compare each other are both poems of celebration. Celebration of life, love and your identity. The first is "Love after Love" by Derek Walcott. This poem is about self-discovery. Walcott suggests that we spend years assuming an identity, but eventually discover who we really are - and this is like two different people meeting and making friends and sharing a meal together. Walcott presents this in terms of the love feast or Eucharist of the Christian church - "Eat...Give wine. Give bread." And it is not clear whether this other person is merely human or in some way divine, this is also an imperative which would suggest that they are divine and so have a right to give orders. But it could just be advice. The second poem, with which I will be comparing "Love after Love" is Imtiaz Dharker's "This room" a poem again, about the joys of life and how it should be enjoyed and absorbed. This is a quite puzzling poem, if we try to find an explicit and exact interpretation - but its general meaning is clear enough, it suggests that Imtiaz Dharker sees rooms and furniture as possibly limiting or imprisoning one, but when change comes, it is as if the room "is breaking out ...read more.


The second stanza suggests that one has to fit in with others' ideas or accommodate oneself to the world, with the phrase, "Give back your heart, To itself, to the stranger who has loved you." This suggests that you have spent a lot of your life living in a pretentious way, trying to be someone else to fit in with society and so become a stranger to oneself - but in time one will see who the stranger really is, and welcome him or her home, hence the line, "..in your own mirror," this suggests that when you see yourself, you will feel as though you are a new person on the inside, and this you cannot see in a mirror. Our everyday life is seen, therefore, as a kind of temporary disloyalty, in which one ignores oneself "for another" - but all along it is the true self, the stranger "who has loved you" and "who knows you by heart", these statements come across as metaphorical. But they really do ring true because a lot of the time you do things you don't want to do to fit in and be accepted. In "This Room", there is a lexical field of furniture coming to life. ...read more.


The poem is written in the second person- as if the poet addresses the reader directly. It is full of imperative verbs "sit", "give", "eat", "take" and "feast" these draw the readers attention and make it seem, through the fact that the sentences "Sit." And "Eat" make it seem as though these are very important points. . The poet repeats words or variants of them - "give", "love", "stranger" and "life". Whereas in "This Room" In the poem our homes and possessions symbolize our lives and ambitions in a limiting sense, while change and new opportunities are likened to space, light and "empty air", where there is an opportunity to move and grow. Like Walcott's Love after Love, it is about change and personal growth - but at an earlier point, or perhaps at repeated points in one's life. In my opinion, both poems do an excellent job of encouraging a love of life, and making it seem very attractive and using metaphors for it to make it seem less serious. This is definitely a good thing. Both tell that you should live your life as you wish and should take advantage of every second of it. To conclude, I believe these poems both hold a strong moral point. Why should you become someone else to satisfy society's needs? The resounding answer from both poems? You shouldn't. ...read more.

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