Poetry is defined as a literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. When most people think about poetry, love poems come to mind. Love is unique to individuals in meaning. Though love does not have a concrete definition, through the works of poets love has substance and meaning that can be identified.
Love promotes a feeling of connection with a certain person as if becoming one. In “To My Dear and Loving Husband,” Anne Bradstreet proclaims her connection to her husband in the first two lines. “If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were lov’d by wife, then thee;” (Bradstreet). She feels this love deeply and apparently so does her husband as
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“Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised” (The Holy Bible). Puritans do no hold earthly love for anything above God, thus Bradstreet hopes that this love is eternal. “In this poem, this world and the next validate one another. Love is the way to heaven and the image of heaven is a realm of eternal love” (Explanation of: To My Dear and Loving Husband). Bradstreet wants to preserve the love while she and her husband live so that when they die it will live eternally in the next world. A love connection can be felt without being said. Love can be subtle. Robert Browning’s “Meeting at Night” conjures love without actually declaring it. In the poem, Browning views love as a journey instead of a destination. Details about the love of the narrator and who he is meeting are not given yet somehow it is recognized as a fulfillment of the journey for love. “What seems most important about the poem is how it presents a certain sentiment, desire or wish fulfillment rather than the actual course of events” ("Explanation of: 'Meeting at Night by Robert Browning"). It is a journey past many obstacles most notably the sea. “In the poem the sea seems to be a separating force, standing for the physical distance” (Zhang). The sea is viewed in literature as a dangerous resistance to any journey. Love can be defined here as having the ability to overcome. “Love