Analysis Of Katherine Philips Against Love

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“Against Love,” by Kathrine Philips, is a poem that was written in the seventeen century. This poem is based on rejection of love. There is a high price, when it comes to love, and there is no need for it, if it ends up being destructive. The narrator makes it indistinct that there is no need to get caught up in love, and a person can live their life content, without being in love. Kathrine’s works are highly respected. There are countless thoughts that come to mind about the poem’s message. The development, the history, and the person that put it together used many devices that has given this poem strength to last many centuries later. Love is not perfect, even if the picture is painted perfectly. Furthermore, “Against Love” is a poem that …show more content…
In a time when women could not be successful in writing, she was creative and brave. The overview shows, “Philips’s poetry was privately circulated during her lifetime, and a pirated collection of her poems was printed without her consent” (Overview). “Against Love” was part of that collection; it was a sonnet that had a rhyme scheme with fifteen lines. After every three lines, the stanza changes, to change the rhythm of the poem. The narrator speaks of what happens while being in love, then changes to the idea of being alone. Each stanza refers to being in love and consequences of giving your heart to just anyone. It has a triplet pattern and a couplet pattern (Overview). This allows the poem to be consistent and have unity, to flow properly. The subject never changes; it just shows two separate views of love. The pattern of the poem represents the trinity of Christ, which is an example of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, in a relationship. The couplets represent separation from Christ and speaking of his own …show more content…
There are many devices used in this work. For example, the paradox that leads to a senseless conclusion. The narrator of this poem states, “pleasure which itself destroys” (Line 3). In this line express that, even though a person gets hurt, humans still yearn for someone to love. Another example is, “real grief, and painted joys” (2). The message illustrates, that love will bring you pain; pain is real, and it hurts. Furthermore, the joys of love do not feel as real as a broken heart. An additional example, of a device is the metaphors, “Hence Cupid! with your cheating toys” (1), displays that cupids toy is the bow and arrow that he carries. The narrator expression that love is a game that is being played. Another sample that is given in the line, “men’s weakness makes love so severe, they give him power by their fear’ (6-7). Suggest that men are weak and love is strong and that men do not understand what they cannot control. The similes in the poem state, “lovers like men in fever burn and rave and only what will injure them do crave” (4-5).In this line, love cannot burn or rave, but the way it feels can be described that way. Most men will desire what they cannot have. The poetic devices give the poem meaning and a rhythm like a song. It tries to put the reader in a mind frame of what it is to be against love. In Conclusion, Kathrine Philips was of the best female writers in her time. She loved her friends and family. She understood

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