In First Love (by John Clare) explore how the poet’s words vividly portray being in love.

9 thoughts on “In First Love (by John Clare) explore how the poet’s words vividly portray being in love.

  1. The analysis you made of the opening line of this poem “I ne’re stuck before that hour” immediately captured my attention. It was really affective for the way you have analyzed the two words “stuck” and “hour” and for the way you interpreted them. I liked the way you connoted it to a clock, as if time had stopped, and from the moment he saw her his life ended, he wasn’t able to move on ever again, she had become the poet’s only, eternal, thought and worry. You have been able to give to your analysis a romantic but at the same time macabre tone. I think you should have expanded the effect of the word “snow” in the last octave, in the quote “Is love’s bed always snow?” the poet creates a sense of coldness and uncomfortability which is opposing to the rest of the poem’s concepts. You need to highlight the sense of vulnerability and loneliness the poet feels as she has took away his heart and his life will not be the same, ever again.
    Anna Del Biondi

  2. Hi Maria Elena.
    Careful: he’s not an “author” but a “poet”.
    I think you could be more specific about the structure and what this lends to the poem, can you give more detail for them please?
    Thanks, Ms O’Grady

  3. Interesting to note is the familiarity of the language used by John Clare in the nineteenth century to the euphemisms of medieval literature. The words used are tired and unoriginal but familiar to the reader. It is a personal reaction, written with timeless, impersonal typography that any soul can relate to.
    I would suggest another paragraph to describe the meaning of the title: It is important to note that the title of the poem is “First Love”. When a situation is experienced for the first time it is often undefined, but Clare clearly states this as “love” without arguing what love is. Also, terming this as “love” is baseless, as first experiences are superficial.
    Moreover, John Clare uses many words and phrases to suggest that this is a negative experience, detrimental like a disease of affliction.
    Maria Elena Lubian

  4. First point to note is the familiarity of the language used by John Clare in the nineteenth century to the euphemisms of medieval literature. The words used are tired and unoriginal but familiar to the reader. It is a personal reaction, written with timeless, impersonal typography that any soul can relate to.
    Interesting to note is that the title of the poem is “First Love”. I would suggest a further paragraph explaining the meaning of the title and what it conveys. Usually when a situation is experienced for the first time, it is undefinable, but Clare clearly states this as “love” without arguing what love is. Terming this as love is baseless as first experiences are superficial.
    Moreover John Clare uses many words and phrases to suggest that this experience is negative, detrimental like a disease of affliction.
    Maria Elena Lubian

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