The Theme of Love and Loss in Poetry Essays

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The Theme of Love and Loss in Poetry

Have you ever looked up the word poetry in a dictionary? Poetry is defined as literature in its most intense, most imaginative and most rhythmic forms. For the poet, it can be a way to relieve their stress and just 'let go' and for the reader it can be an adventure into the state of mind of the poet. The Romantic Era, during the late 18th and early 19th century, was a period of time in which poets started to express their love and lust for others through poetic forms. This essay will be exploring the way in which poets use language, imagery and form to express their ideas to the reader.

Sir Philip Sidney was famous as a poet, a courtier and a soldier and he is still known as a writer of
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It is as though they are two people in one ? if one hurts the other will as well, and if one is happy and in bliss, the other one will be happy as well. This, to
Sidney, is a wonderful deal ? ?There never was a bargain better driv?n.? Sidney?s repetition of the first line at the end of the poem, gives the poem an almost circular structure ? it starts and ends at the same point. This helps to bring across the main message of the poem, the fact that one?s love for God can never be broken and that it is never ending just as a circle is.

?My True Love Hath My Heart? is the oldest poem which we have read and it was written in the 16th century, and this could be a clue as to why the meaning of the poem is related to spiritual love rather than romantic love. As mentioned above, Sidney was a religious man and his use of ?My True Love? in the title is a metaphor for God or some other form of spiritual leader. He uses Biblical references, for example when he says, ?He loves my heart, for once it was his own?. This is from the Christian belief that humans are made in the image of God and this supports the fact that Sidney is referring to God in this poem.

The rhyme scheme of Sidney?s poem is irregular; however, there is a rhyme scheme as follows: ABCBDEFE GHGHII. As can be seen, in the second verse, there is a much stronger pattern and the last two lines are a rhyming couplet.

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