Experiencing Poetry: I do not Love Thee

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Experiencing Poetry: I Do Not Love Thee

Initial response: It seems to me that this poem is about a girl’s struggle to come to terms with whom she is dearly attracted to.

Words: The words in this poem were easy enough to understand, some of which were of an older variety of English.

Images: In this poem I could feel the inner struggle and frustration of the poet’s position.

Figurative Language: The poem used rhyming every other line to make things flow better and repeated “I do not love thee” in every stanza as if to make herself believe that.

Emotion: I believe that the poet was trying to express the emotion of pure frustration towards her own inability to control her emotions towards another.

Structure: The poem is organized into five stanzas with every other line rhyming.

Meaning: I feel that the poet is trying to convey the meaning that love is frustrating at times and can leave you in a state of mental exhaustion.

Publication: The poem “I Do Not Love Thee” would probably do best in the magazine “Families and Friendships”. This magazine suggests, just as the poem does, that love can be a heartache or heavenly. When the poem says “I do not love thee!—yet, I know not why” it expresses an emotion of frustration, or a lack of self understanding. This magazine seems to be a place that offers guidance to those in this position. The poet also makes a case that love can be a good thing, attraction between two people is made to seem sweet by the words in this poem.

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