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"The Clod and The Pebble" and "Love III"


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"The Clod and The Pebble" and "Love III" essay

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"The Clod and The Pebble" and "Love III"

  1. 1. Essay Question:“Comment closely on how “The Clod and The Pebble” and “Love III” tackle the theme of love.” In this essay I will say how the poems “The Clod and The Pebble” and “Love III” tackle the theme of love, this two poems are about love, this theme is shown through metaphors. In the first stanza of the poem “Love III” “Love” symbolizes God, God welcomes the speaker to accept his love, but the speaker rejects it, “... yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin.” Here we can see that he rejects that love because he feels guilty because he's sinned. Then in stanza two we can see that the speaker is in the need of being worthy of God's love when it says “A guest I answered, worthy to be here: Love said, You shall be he.” When he says “... You shall be he.” he refers to the fact that the speaker is already worthy of God's love, and he deserves it. But the speaker continues to reject the love, “I the unkind, the ungrateful? Ah my dear, I cannot look on thee.” The speaker is ashamed because he feels lessthan the rest and continues rejecting the love. “Love took my hand…. Who made the eyes but I?” Here God invites the speaker to receive his love, saying that the past doesn't matter and he forgives the speaker. Finally in the last stanza the speaker continues to reject love “... but I have marred them: let my shame go where it doth deserve”, here the speaker admits he has hurted others and he deserves to go to hell and isn't worthy of God's love. But God continues insisting he must accept him and his love, “and know you not, said Love, who bore the blame?”. Finally the speaker accepts God and his love “You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat: So I did seat and eat”. Finally the speaker accepts his love without feeling guilty, obeys and accepts. Alina: ideas are ok but avoid retelling the poem. Analyse it. Talk about how the message is put across. Technicality: metaphors, symbols, voice, etc In the first stanza of the poem “The Clod and The Pebble” the theme love is introduced by two subjects, one is the Clod and the other one is the Pebble. The voice in this first stanza uses a metaphor “Build´s a Heaven in Hell´s despair”, saying that love is generous and looks for other people´s satisfaction and pleasure, when you are sad love makes you feel better and happy. “Clod” symbolises a sensitive innocent, inexperienced and young person, or type of love. Then in the second stanza two speakers are revealed, one is the Clod and the other one is the Pebble. And in this stanza the Pebble announces to the Clod that he will respond to what he has said. Finally in the last stanza the Pebble which is intensive, experience and an old person says “And builds a Hell in Heaven´s despite.” Saying that love is bad and it makes
  2. 2. you suffer, this makes you think that the speaker has suffered because of love and contrasts with the Clod who is a person who feels love is great. In conclusión I think that this two poems have as a theme love but in both poems different ways, in “Love III” love is representing God, and in “The Clod and The Pebble” love is shown in two different ways, one is that love is great and it makes you feel happy and better when you are sad, and the other is that love is bad, horrible and makes you suffer. Alina: as I told you above,don´tretell a poem,just analyse and answer the essay question. Correctit and postit in your blog Mark:6,50