Tuesday, April 6

The Definition of Love according to a Metaphysical Poet

This post presents to you The New Definition of Love by Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), an English (metaphysical) poet. I am sure you all know the universal definition of love, but not many of you knows another man’s definition of love. So, this is for those who like to hear something different about Love!




The Definition of Love

I

My Love is of a birth as rare
As ‘tis for object strange and high:
It was begotten by despair
Upon Impossibility.
II

Magnanimous Despair alone
Could show me so divine a thing,
Where feeble Hope could ne’r have flown
But vainly flapt its Tinsel Wing.
III

And yet I quickly might arrive
Where my extended Soul is fixt,
But Fate does Iron wedges drive,
And alwaies crouds it self betwixt.
IV

For Fate with jealous Eye does see
Two perfect Loves; nor lets them close;
And her Tyrannick pow’r depose.
V
And therefore her Decrees of Steel
Us as the distant Poles have plac’d,
(Though Loves whole World on us doth wheel)
Not by themselves to be embrac’d.
VI

Unless the giddy Heaven fall,
And Earth some new Convulsion tear;
And, us to joyn, the World should all
Be cramp’d into a Planisphere.
VII

As Lines so Loves oblique may well
Themselves in every Angle greet:
But ours so truly Paralel,
Though infinite can never meet.
VIII

Therefore the Love which us doth bind,
But Fate so enviously debarrs,
Is the Conjunction of the Mind,
And Opposition of the Stars.



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