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Poetry is a form of art. It paints a picture of your thoughts and feelings. Personally my favorite types are
romantic poems. Every writer has their own unique style and expresses their love and feelings differently.
The reader can transform their thoughts and problems and into a new world. "Romance seems the
expression of nostalgia, a mood of yearning for something different from what life offers."(Untermeyer 65)
Each verse is different. Every century, poems have been composed. The poems of the different centuries
portray the changing of the times.
"To my Dear and Loving Husband" written by Anne Bradstreet in 1671, describes the distinctive
love that can only be experienced between a man and a woman, a wife and a husband. "To My Dear and
Loving Husband" is one of Anne's best known lyrics, an unashamed declaration of their passionate
devotion."(Piercy 84) In the poem, Anne is speaking to her husband. She is expressing her undying love for
her husband. She knows their love can't be matched. She is extremely happy and satisfied with him. "My
love is such that rivers cannot quench." (Bradstreet 338) Her amour is boundless, going on forever and
ever. Their love is so strong that even if they perish their love will not become extinct.
Anne's love for her husband is very extraordinary. Many men and women base their relationship
on sexual desires. Physical relationships are very common. Anne's relationship seems to be different, Anne
didn't mention her sexual desire for her husband rather she emphasized their spiritual relationship. Anne
composed "To my Dear and Loving Husband" on January 16, 1661. (Piercy 84) "Anne was a Puritan
woman of deep spiritual faith." (Piercy 17) Therefore, Anne did not allude to sex at all. It wasn't part of her
lifestyle. Sex was discrete it was intimate and private. Her love was genuine. They have a perfect
relationship and their love seemed to grow daily. In my opinion, everyone wishes for a utopian relationship
like Anne and her husband, A relationship void of quarrels and problems. Anne dedicated a poem to her
husband, the love of her life. I hope I can feel the love and closeness to my husband, as Anne Bradstreet
felt toward her partner in life.
In 1819, Percy Bysshe Shelley composed the poem "Love's Philosophy." Percy is calling out to
someone he yearns. He explains how nothing on earth is singular, everything is a couple. Fountains mix
with rivers while rivers mix with oceans. These are separate entities that fuse and become one. No one
should live their life apart from the one they love. Percy is frustrated and upset, he doesn't care that
everything has a partner. He is apart from the one he loves, so his life is meaningless. His expressions are
vivid. As I read the poem I'm able to envision mountains kissing heavens and waves hugging each other.
Percy again asks the reader what is his life worth if his love doesn't kiss him.
When I first read the poem I thought Percy was a women. The poem has such emotional feelings,
feelings that a man typically doesn't have. Men are usually egotistical. In the 17th century men made the
first move because they were in charge. I wouldn't expect a man to wait for the one he loves to kiss him. I
would expect a woman to dream to be kissed. After reading...
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