In Szymborska's "True Love" we find a warm, tender, and shocking poem. This essay will address how the speaker is trying to persuade the readers into believing that true love does exist and is one of the most beautiful things that humans can encounter. Even though this poem is easy to be read as one that attacks or a critiques true love, the tone, questions, and wording of the poem shows that the poem is one that displays true love in a very amicable sense. In this poem, the narrator picks at those who do not know what true love actually is. The speaker asks questions to assess the meaning of true love. Which when reading the poem may lead many to believe that love is not of any importance. However, what makes this poem so intriguing would be the last lines. This essay will address how the speaker is trying to persuade the readers into believing that true love does exist and is one of the most beautiful things that humans can encounter.
The speaker in this poem begins by trying to take the side of those who have not experienced true love; however, many use the first stanza to argue that the speaker was bitter towards true love and used these questions to strengthen their argument against it. In the poem, the speaker asks questions that show the speakers skepticism of true love. Especially in the first stanza, where the bases of true love are questioned and challenged. The speaker asks whether love suffices any use to people who do not have it or if it's "practical" or most importantly "normal?" While it is easy to take the opposing point of view if you take these questions literally. I see that the speaker was trying to challenge the people who have not experienced true love by asking them these questions. Seeing as it is difficult to answer these questions if you have not experienced true love. Especially in the last question, "What does the world get from two people who live in a world of their own?" This quote suffices as a question that is asked to critique those who don't believe in true love because they are too busy being jealous of a bond that two people have that they have not yet found.