Poem Analysis : ' Love Poem ' Essay

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John Frederick Nims’ “Love Poem” is a poem describing someone he loves. The first line of the poem, “My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases”, at first may be interpreted as the start of some form of insult. This line also intrigues the reader to continue and explore what Nims has to say about his “dear”. Though the poem begins by depicting some negative attributes that his love possesses, Nims doesn’t forget to describe her positive attributes, “Only with words and people and love you move at ease”. Overall the poem uses different elements of poetry to portray the idea that although his “dear” has many imperfect qualities, he loves her despite of them all.
The author uses literary tools such as similes, metaphors, and personification to illustrate how much he loves his “dear” regardless of her shortcomings. In the first stanza, the first line alone states that his love “shipwreck vases”. To shipwreck means to destroy, to ruin. The author could have simply stated that she breaks vases – something that can often occur unintentionally with anyone. However, the author uses this metaphor to intensify the degree of her clumsiness and has the readers picturing the vases becoming powdery dust. Line three, “whose palms are bulls in china, burs in linen”, is also a metaphor the author uses to illustrate the strength behind his lover’s touch. Where a simple caress might seem to tickle, her simple touch is rough and destructive like bulls.
In the third stanza the author…

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