The Power of True Love

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“I love you.” Those three little words can change your life forever. Many people dream of hearing them. Women dream of their Prince Charming coming to sweep them off their feet while men search for the love of their life that can set their hearts on fire. Many people will say it’s just a dream and theirs no such thing as a love like that. “True love” is non existent and the phrase I love you is overused. Many people will ask themselves “is there such a thing as true love?” This question has been asked throughout history and no one can seem to come up with an answer, that is, besides Ann Bradstreet who expresses it through in a non traditional format; a classic love letter. Anne Bradstreet shares her feelings to her husband in such a loving way that it could make anyone believe in true love. In her poem “To my Dear and Loving Husband,” Ann Bradstreet expresses her eternal love and affection for her husband through the use of several literary elements including repetition, imagery, tone and other poetic devices. Ann uses repetition to imply the concept of eternal love. In lines one through three Ann writes, “If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; if ever wife was happy in a man.” The repetitions of the words if ever in these three lines indicate a theme of time throughout the poem. “If ever,” implies the concept of eternal love. Eternal love is a central idea that is repeated throughout the poem. Eternity is often used to show, as this poem is attempting to show, the magical power that love has. “Ever” here says nothing about how long their love will last, only that there has not been another to match it throughout history.

To further illustrate such a powerful and exuberant love Ann uses imagery to convey her emotions. In line five Ann writes, “I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold.” The reader is clearly able to understand the strong love Bradstreet has for her husband. She values the love her...
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