A Working Class Poet By Henry Frank Lott Essay

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Henry Frank Lott, a working-class poet, attempts to use his writings as an escape from the reality of everyday life. However, he focuses on the everyday workings of lives in the laboring class. Lott mainly writes about the subjects occurring in his life, such as love, family, and friends. The three main phases written into One Hundred Sonnets are his process of accepting the passion of love, the process of grief after losing a lover, and the love he has for his mother. In Lott’s One Hundred Sonnets, the first phase of his poetry consists of talk of a woman, for whom the author has feelings for. Lott writes in sonnet VI, “Eliza! Thou remeberest how wild/My transports were, how tender, deep, and strong/The love that burn’d within me, and how long/Passion and peace remained unreconciled.” His love for ‘Eliza’ invokes feelings of passion, and strong love, but Lott feels unable to reconcile this with the peace he wants to feel. He feels conflicted between the intense new feelings of love and the inner peace he has previously achieved. This leads to tension within himself, which is eventually resolved. This resolution of tension is shown in sonnet LXXI with the lines, “If I did love thee less I’d calmer be;/But calm is passion’s cooling—and my brain/is fever’d by thy kisses.” Lott was at first stressed because of the contrasting nature of passion and peace, but he accepts the passionate nature of love; he no longer resists it. This freedom presents Lott the opportunity to feel…

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