Love in Poetry

4 April 2015
An analysis of several poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay and E. E Cummings to show how each personifies love.

By analyzing the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay and E.E. Cummings, the author of this paper shows how each of the poets use different methods to personify their love for themselves, for others, for nature and even for poetry. The paper studies poems such as “I Think I Should Have Loved you Presently” by Millay and “Spring” by Cummings to show the different styles.
“Again, it is clear that love means many different things to many different people, including the two highlighted poets E. E. Cummings and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Both poets use metaphors, imagery and descriptive language to express their feelings. The similarities end with the common literary devices; Cummings incorporates sensual images, the use of nature and emotions to proclaim his vulnerablity to love, as well as his lover. Millay, on the other side of the spectrum, never really connects words with her emotions, which makes it difficult to tell if she was speaking of love that she actually knew about, or perhaps she as just writing about a lover with whom she had shared a bed. Either way, both poets wanted to convey their thoughts on love, and these thoughts offer their readers windows into their souls, no matter how shallow or deep they might have been.”
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