Unconditional Love In Poetry Essay

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Since the beginning of time love has been expressed in different art forms. While the art form of poetry often has different themes such as life, death, relationships, and adventures. Many selections of poetry deal with the theme of love. For instance, all of the selected poetry had the theme of love. The idea of love can often be categorized into four categories: agape love, phileo love, storge love, and eros love. Although the types of love in the selected poetry can be described in many different ways, the most basic levels are conditional love and unconditional love. Conditional love is as simple as it sounds. Conditional love is a love that is only there because of something promised or given. Conditional love is eros at the basest level. …show more content…
“Another example of conditional love is “To Celia” by Ben Jonson. This theme of carpe diem and conditional love is especially evident in “To Celia.” The speaker in “To Celia” is known as Valpone, whose name means “the fox.” The meaning of his name implies that Valpone is sly and sneaky in his ways, and so he is. In the poem Valpone continually pushes for Celia to come with him and prove “the sports of love” (l. 2). He wants nothing more from Celia then her physical love. He tries repeatedly to persuade Celia by saying such things …show more content…
The pattern is slow and forceful with meaning behind every word. Shakespeare uses the same iambic pentameter to put meaning into his “Sonnet 116.” A summary about Sonnet 116 says, “This sonnet attempts to define love, by both telling what it is and is not.” (“Shakespeare’s Sonnets”). Shakespeare’s speaker starts with a negative connotation by listing the things true love is not. He goes on by saying in the second quatrain that love does not change, true love is “an ever-fixed mark” (l. 5). The speaker’s third and final quatrain returns to the negative quatrain by continuing with what love is not. The speaker stresses that true love does not fall within the boundaries of time. The speaker states, “Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks/ Within his bending sickle’s compass come; (ll. 9-10). Shakespeare’s speaker concludes by inviting people to say he is wrong, for if he is wrong, then “I never writ, nor man ever loved.” (ll. 13-14). Shakespeare gives us the definition of unconditional love. True love is a love that lasts, that promises commitment, that will be there until the end of

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