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Love Song Analysis

Author: poem of William Carlos Williams Type: poem Views: 6

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I lie here thinking of you:—

the stain of love

is upon the world!

Yellow, yellow, yellow

it eats into the leaves,

smears with saffron

the horned branched the lean


against a smooth purple sky!

There is no light

only a honey-thick stain

that drips from leaf to leaf

and limb to limb

spoiling the colors

of the whole world—

you far off there under

the wine-red selvage of the west!


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I think this poem is about a man thinking about his love and comparing her to the light from a sunset and how it affects the trees, seemingly symbolising him. It has a rich description of colours you would normally find in a sunset with the line "the wine-red selvage of the west!' is a large clue as to determine what time of day it is and what the light imagery throughout was referring to. Also the 'smooth purple sky' could mean that it is close to the night because the night sometimes appears to be a smooth purple sky. It takes the form of a song because of the use of alliteration, for example 'limb to limb', 'whole world', 'leaf to leaf' and finally the most obviously being'Yellow, yellow, yellow'. The use of saffron and honey to describe colours is very aromatic and suggests that perhaps this view of love is a positive and powerful thing. We gain, as readers, an individual insight into the poem through the use of the language rather than the poet just telling his readers that he is in love as we can put our own meaning into the poem.

| Posted on 2016-03-14 | by a guest

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I believe that this poem is about a man who has recently broken up with a girlfriend - He is lying in his bed, reflecting on his relationship. He has a very cynical, jaded view of love, saying that it has \"stained\" the world, and paints a rather disturbing picture in your head. The last stanza suggests that his ex-lover has already fallen in love with someone else, \"far off there under the wine-red selvage of the west!\"
In my opinion, it is a rather depressing poem.

| Posted on 2012-05-22 | by a guest

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i believe that the poem is about how the speaker is madly in love with someone but cant be with them and they miss them dearly. I personaly found this poem amazingly sweet because it uses the uses of simily to say how he misses this person so much. in a way it is sad but in a way its beautiful how he cares so much about that person.

| Posted on 2012-02-03 | by a guest

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Perhaps the speaker is waiting impatiently to meet his beloved. This would explain his references to being alone and the first and last stanza. The first stanza suggests that he is unprepared to meet the object of his love, and yet he is obsessed with them. The last stanza suggests that his love is uncertain, which would make sense if he has not met the person yet and is presently in love with the idea of love.

| Posted on 2010-03-27 | by a guest

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