Yrsa Daley Ward's 'What Love Isn T'

Improved Essays
Love can be detailed in many different manners and ways. Love can be amazing, one sided, and indestructible. Luckily, there are poems that show all of these emotions and depictions of love. As you read along you will see just a sum of what love can be as a whole.

First is “What Love Isn’t” by Yrsa Daley Ward, this is a good poem to start off with, because it states what love is on paper. It says what to practically expect when going into love. The poem states, “It is weight and it is too heavy to feel good sometimes. It is discomfort.” This quote is stating how love can seem weightless, but means so much to the heart. The next quote says, “It is never a slither, never a little it is a full serving.” This excerpt from the poem is basically
…show more content…
This part of the story talks about the indestructible part of love, hence why it’s linked with the last paragraph. The poem starts from the prologue, saying, “A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows. Do with their death bury parent’s strife.” This part of the prologue just sums up into what is taking place in the story. Basically, these two kids love each other, but their parents hate each other, so they love in secrecy. The second quote, that actually contributes to how indestructible love is, goes “Romeo: I take thee at word. Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptiz’d: Henceforth I will never be Romeo.” This part of the play is stating how Romeo will change his name as long as Juliet calls him love, that is some quite strong love. Juliet then says later on, “How cam’st thou hither, tell me, and wherefore? The orchard walls are high and hard to climb, and the place death, considering who thou art, if any of my kinsmen find thee here.” Juliet is just saying why is Romeo here when he knows he is hated at her family’s house. In which Romeo responds, “With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls; For stony limits cannot hold love out, and what love can do that dare love’s attempt: Therefore thy kinsmen are not stop to me.” Romeo is replying in saying that his love is so …show more content…
The poem reads, “Mrs. Baroda was a little provoked to learn that her husband expected a friend, Gouvernail, up to a week or two on the plantation.” Although not seeming much, this is a setup into how the story will play out. Continuing later on, the story states, “Her mind only vaguely grasped what he was saying. Her physical being was for a moment predominant. She was not thinking of his words, only drinking in the tones of his voice. She wanted to reach out her hand in the darkness and touch him with the sensitive tips of her fingers upon the face or the lips. She wanted to draw close to him and whisper against his cheek-she did not care what-as she had might have done if she had not been a respectable women.” This quote of the text is the part where love is dared. She is tempted to be unfaithful to her husband, to do what she wants and break her marriage. Fortunately, she breaks it, and continues on loving her husband. The next quote of the story says, “ ‘Oh,’ she said to him, laughingly, after pressing a long tender kiss upon his lips, ‘I have overcome everything! You will see. This time I shall be very nice to him’ “ This text is stating that she has overcome the temptations and stopped loving the husband’s friend, and that their love is stronger because of it. Overall, this story shows that love can be a little rough, like “What Love Isn’t”

Related Documents

  • Superior Essays

    Another instance where blind love controls one of the two lovers is when Juliet hears of Romeo’s banishment and her arranged marriage to Paris. She decides, “Things that to hear them told have made me tremble--- / And I will do it without fear or doubt, / To live an unstained wife to my sweet love. (4.1.86-88). Juliet, saying she would do such terrible things to avoid marrying Paris and stay loyal to Romeo proves how intense her love is and how much separation is affecting her, to the point where she can not function without him. At the very end of the play, Romeo impetuously kills himself saying he can not live without his love, Juliet, who he believes is dead.…

    • 1291 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    In the eyes of your love, you 're perfect. In the eyes of your peers, your not worth it. Romeo loved and so did Juliet, but their love was fast and their family’s hatred was not a good duet. Lets sink our eyes, in this passage of what Shakespeare wanted to accomplish in this play of two lovers who die. In Shakespeare 's Romeo and Juliet, when the playwright explores the general theme of Fast vs.…

    • 1779 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Love In The Aeneid

    • 1307 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Medea became so obsessed that when it was over, she was completely lost. This is the premise of the poem, but also relates to Euripides’ version of love. The idea that a strong love can eventually lead to hate is depressing, but Medea does just that. Euripides includes a type of love that is exclusive to this poem. That love is parental love.…

    • 1307 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    After meeting Romeo, Juliet tells the Nurse, “My only love sprung from my only hate! / Too early seen unknown, and known too late! / Prodigious birth of love it is to me / That I must love a loathed enemy.” (1.5.38-41) Later that night, when Romeo stays back to see Juliet again, the two discuss the families they came from and the challenges they will face, as Romeo exclaims, “My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself / Because it is an enemy to thee; / Had I written, I would tear the word.” (2.2.55-57). If they could fall out of love with each other, and choose to love another person, they would in order to avoid the obstacles, but they were unable to do so proving they were destined to love each other. Both Romeo and Juliet realize they are in love with an enemy they are destined to hate, yet their intense passion leads them down a winding road called fate, with an unpredictable…

    • 913 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare to represent the power and effects of true love. It shows the desperate measures the characters take to be with one another. There isn’t a blame that can be placed on an individual character for the death of Romeo and Juliet. Every character contributes in a way that may not be seen or personally contributed, but because of their thoughts and past actions it brought out the worst of love. A few of the characters that contributed to the death of the two lovers were, Friar Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet, and their parents.…

    • 1103 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    “ I Love You Except Because I Do Not Love You” by Pablo Neruda was explaining the feelings of anyone could possibly feels. “ Remember Me” by Macia A. Newton is describe every detail that spend together Pablo Neruda poem is earnest and sympathetic tone, while Maria A Newton poem is sincere and impassioned tone. The common thing of both poems is a couple have passions and belong together. Pablo Neruda’s poem is about how you can love someone so deeply. However, Macia A Newton’s poem is about the memories of a couple that have shared and been through a lot together.…

    • 751 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    It’s showed its rhyme scheme, its structure, repetition, metaphors, similes, and it’s depressing tone. It had impacted me in several ways. It has shown me how strong love can be, how many ways can love be expressed as well as to what love can withstand. The love that the poem showed was very strong it had showed to what length love can be, it’s griefs and its happiness. This showed me that one had the potential to love as well to freely express it.…

    • 1800 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    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…

    • 835 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    This is going to set the voice for the entire poem. It could either be slow, soft, loud, and even intense. This can give the reader a feel for the poem as well. Anybody can just read the words “I love you” but that sounds plain, now if you were to read “he stuttered to get across his words, but he looked up at her and softly said “I love you””. With his tone you can tell that it was pure, but as well with the image of him stuttering you can get the since of him being nervous.…

    • 1066 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    My life is my foe 's debt"(1.5.118). Fate is now setting Romeo and Juliet up for a death trap. Since Romeo and Juliet are from households that have had ancient grudges, their parents forbid them to see each other. Fate, knowing this love shall be forbidden, brings the two closer, and Juliet has no other choice but to fall in love with Romeo. When Juliet is informed by her nurse that Romeo is a Montague, she says, "My only love, sprung from my only hate!…

    • 1033 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays