Analysis of Poem- Ways of Love

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From birth to death, we are constantly striving to find the golden rule of a successful rapport with everybody, the people we come across in this world. To put it simply, it is the relationships, the way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected. It can be a state of being connected by blood or marriage – the emotional closeness of familial love; the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave towards each other – the platonic love that defines friendship, the profound oneness or devotion of religious love; or, an emotional and sexual association between two people – the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love or the sexual love of Eros. Somehow, these relationships involve love – familial love, friendship love, religious love, romantic love or sexual love and other ways of love. There is no single consensus on the definition of love due to its diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved. In Chung Yee Chong’s poem “Ways of Love” under the theme of relationships, the poet intends to express her emotion intensely through words and to emphasize the ways of love between man and woman, or specifically, between the persona and her lover. The poet wants to stress on the contrasting desires between man and woman – both physical and emotional love. The poet also implies the issue of gender inequality - male superiority and female subservience, especially in a love relationship. The poem implies that she (the persona calls herself a 'woman' later) starts by telling how her lover came and appeared in her life suddenly. She compares the arrival of her love to the rain which came 'without warning'. It caught her off her guard. She then compares her lover to the sun. Her lover 'burns' and 'consumes' her. Then, she wonders, is she to just marry or accept him 'like a shadow?' She is confused. She is trying to make a decision. However, she is in two minds about the relationship. She says her lover ‘never walked over’ when she needed him most. She is ‘still standing’ and waiting there. She is trying to give him a chance, but he is not taking it. She says he had the opportunity to have her. She wants him to rescue her from her misery, but he did not obviously. The lover expressed his emotions or desires openly. He was straightforward and asked for love she could not give. She refuses and then leaves him. She emphasizes that kissing and touching don't necessarily fill in the loneliness, the empty feeling where love should be. That is not love, she says. She now feels the relationship is becoming perverse and disgusting. It is not a love relationship anymore. Love is hammered out by the disgusting sexual passion. She wants real love and that is all she wants. The most pronounced poetic device used in this poem is symbols. A symbol is often a figure of speech in which a person, object, or situation represent something in addition to its literal meaning. The poet embeds subtle images into her work to make it deeper, richer, more meaningful and colorful. She also uses symbolism to allude to a mood or feeling without coming out and stating that particular emotion. The poet uses symbols of the power of nature like Rain and Sun. The persona compares her lover to the rain and the sun. In Stanza 1, Line 2 the poet uses the symbol rain. She describes that her lover appears suddenly in her life like the rain which came without warning. She is swept off her feet and it is a love at first sight. Rain usually symbolizes someone in sadness or despair; it also represents a new life. But in this case, the symbolism takes the latter meaning where the arrival of her lover gives a new life to the persona. In Stanza 1, Line 4 the poet uses the symbol sun. The sun symbolism includes life, power, strength, energy, force, clarity and self. The sun is the absolute cosmic power in the universe. This shows that the...
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