True Love Is The Reality Of Love

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True love in both modern and ancient poetry remains a hot topic. Many poets have spouted their take on love through fancy shows of rhyme and rhythm while forgetting the realities of what true love is. True love doesn’t revolve around how one feels during the best times in life, but by the strength of two lover’s bond when everything around is beating them down. Poetry expresses true love’s strength and its converse extreme naivety. The selected poetry shows both the reality of love and the dreams of a utopian society. The reality of love in selected poetry can be expressed in a variety of ways. True love portrays a rejection of naivety. Through the brief lines in the four line stanza format, Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” shows extreme naivety which causes a love that is, in reality, simply infatuation. Infatuation caused by naivety will fall away just as ties of true love would be strengthened. Love is not love when it only lasts as long as two people possess “a gown made of finest wool” or “fair lined slippers for…show more content…
Through poetry like “To My Dear and Loving Husband”, “A Red, Red Rose”, and Sonnet 43, we are shown the invariable strength of true love. In the 12 line poem, “To My Dear and Loving Husband” the reader is shown a wife completely in love with her husband to the point that the poet gives hyperboles such as “I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold/ or all the riches that the East doth hold/ my love is such that rivers cannot quench.” A love that inspires such devotion and fervor leaves a mark on two lovers that is not easily erased. As Shakespeare states in his Sonnet 116, “it is an ever-fixed mark/ that looks on tempests and is never shaken.” Love is not simply a feeling that one can do away with when they tire of it. Love is a force of nature. Love knows no bounds and will use it’s strength to accomplish the unthinkable in the name of
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