By Abbas Zaher
Introduction and analysis of
Poems (Part A)
Warmth of connection, elegance and beauty, passion, support and sacrifice. These are all vital elements needed for love. This anthology of poems is about the theme loving relationships. These poems allow the reader to explore the ways in which each relationship has a different overall emotion. From the thrill and passion described in “Electric Love” by Denis Glover to the overwhelming care and nurturing in “Bridge over troubled water” by Paul Simon. Readers gain an enhanced perspective of how strong bonds between one another are dominated by an overall different love. This is demonstrated in the poem ‘Tidal Wave’ by Stacy Lynn Stiles. This poem shows a mothers affectionate care and love towards raising her daughter and that she is proud of the girl that she has become.
A measure of the mothers’ compassion towards her daughter is exemplified in the quote “While I held you close to me singing your favourite rhyme … Lips pressed upon sweet innocence your cries I did console”. This blend of peaceful, passionate imagery and rich metaphor conveys the degree of love the mother feels for her child. The ‘Lips pressed upon sweet innocence your cries I did console’ evokes a sense of the mothers care and affection that no one could break between them.
Similarly “These crashing violent riptides will soon turn a peaceful wave. Knowing the life I gave you, is the life in me which you did save” reveals how gratified and thankful she is. The exquisite connotative language ‘crashing violent riptides will soon turn a peaceful wave’ demonstrates that all the hard work the mother put in is over, ‘Knowing the life I gave you, is the life in me which you did save’ shows that it has all paid off.
Overall the mother has a sublime amount of love for her child and is devoted and extremely proud of her daughter.
The poem “Tonight the phone” by Lisa Freinkel is a valued poem because it clearly describes the romance and passion in a loving relationship between teenagers particularly when they talk on the phone.
This is demonstrated in stanza 1 where it states “Tonight the phone is warm and you come soft to me and brush me with your voice”. The combination of powerful imagery and excellent metaphors evokes the sense of affection and intense love and care for each other. ‘And you come soft to me and brush me with your voice.’ shows that he is ecstatic to hear her voice and that it is comforting and elegant also that he seems at ease when she talks.
This is also conveyed in stanza 3 “In the wet air there is a rainbow and tonight I listen to the touch of you.” This powerful visual language and vivid metaphor shows the loving relationship they have with each other. “In the wet air there is a rainbow” implies that whenever he has a problem or is unhappy she is always there to ease his mind and talk to. Also “tonight I listen to the touch of you” evokes a sense that even though they are talking on the phone the relationship is so strong that they don’t need to be near each other to have a very strong loving bond.
In conclusion the emotive language used in the text truly evokes the romance and passion in a loving relationship.
Care and support are demonstrated in the poem “Bridge over troubled water” by Paul Simon. This poem describes the nurturing relationship between a father and a daughter and how he will always be there for her to take care of her. This is showed in “When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all… Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down. Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down.” This mixture of rich imagery and eloquent similes represents the care and affection that he feels for his child. The ‘When tears are in your eyes I will dry them all’ represents the fathers fondness of his daughter and the degree of care and support he gives to her. Also the repetitiveness of ‘Like a bridge over...
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