Evolution of Love Essay

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Evolution of Love A common theme that William Yeats, T.S. Eliot, and Dylan Thomas both focus on in their poems is emotion, or more specifically, love. Each poet’s work seems to reflect on the role of love over the years. For example, in Yeats’ “Adam’s Curse”, the main focus of the poem is a woman, and the narrator talks of what this woman does to him and how she makes him feel. Then, in Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, the narrator is in love with a woman, but as time passes within the poem, their connection to each other fades. Ultimately, in Thomas’ “Fern Hill”, the main emotion presented is love, but not with another person. Instead, Thomas writes about a love or a connection with an ideal, a memory, or a concept, rather than a connection with another human being. These poetic works show that, over time, the concept of love has deteriorated in the minds of people. In “Adam’s Curse”, Yeats uses housework and the art of beauty as a metaphor for his situation with Maud Gonne, a fellow national activist; he is in love with Gonne, but she doesn’t appreciate his adoration. “Better go down upon your marrow-bones / And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones / Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather, / For to articulate sweet sounds together / Is to work harder than all these, and yet / Be thought an idler by the noisy set…” (2394, Lines 7-12) and “To be born woman is to know- / Although they do not talk of it at school- / That we must labour to be beautiful.” (2394, Lines 18-20) Yeats’ use of love in this poem has to do with two people, and a connection that is wanted (although only by one person). Here the reflection of the concept of love at this point in time shows yearning for reciprocal emotion, and anguish. While “Adam’s Curse” brings out a number of emotions from the narrator, it shows that the current idea of love is with another

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