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Analysis of Love-Themed Poetry

            As a little girl growing up, I spent a lot of time with a Hispanic lady because my mother worked all the time. She was like a grandmother to me. I loved to hear her speak of her late husband and how much she loved him. Her voice would change when she spoke of him. She described how she would sit and gaze at him when he perused the newspaper or how she would leave sweet notes in his lunch pail. One story I remember the most was one she told about when he passed away; she thought they would grow old together, and a part of her soul died along with him. She said she loved that man to the moon and back. .
             I never knew what she meant until I experienced love for the first time. Her love for her husband was like Barret Browning's "How Do I Love Thee" Ann Bradstreet's "To My Dear and Loving Husband" and William Shakespeare's "Shall I compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" and John Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning". These poems tell of love and the depths of love the speakers has for their beloved even if the love is not given back in return.
             Ann Bradstreet's poem "To My Dear and Loving Husband," is an interesting poem because its style is romantic and the poet professes her undying love for her husband and makes it a point to make her husband aware of the extent of love and devotion she has for him. She uses imagery to convey her love to him. She writes, "If ever two were one, then surely we" (l. 1) She thinks of them as one being and there is nothing more important than her love for him. This poem uses Hyperbole, which according to the Portable Literature textbook is intentional exaggeration which is saying more than is actually meant. (Wadsworth 517) This girl has got it bad, it sounds like she is saying they have the perfect marriage. She writes, .
             I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold,.
             Or all the riches that the East doth hold.

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