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Romance Analysis

Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 3076

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Romance, who loves to nod and sing,

With drowsy head and folded wing,

Among the green leaves as they shake

Far down within some shadowy lake,

To me a painted paroquet

Hath been- a most familiar bird-

Taught me my alphabet to say-

To lisp my very earliest word

While in the wild wood I did lie,

A child- with a most knowing eye.

Of late, eternal Condor years

So shake the very Heaven on high

With tumult as they thunder by,

I have no time for idle cares

Through gazing on the unquiet sky.

And when an hour with calmer wings

Its down upon my spirit flings-

That little time with lyre and rhyme

To while away- forbidden things!

My heart would feel to be a crime

Unless it trembled with the strings.


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In the poem “Romance” by Edgar Allan Poe, the poet uses birds as an extended metaphor to reflect back on the carefree excitement of youth and hardships of adulthood.
At the beginning of the poem “romance” is personified as something that “loves to nod and sing”. Nodding and singing are happy things, therefore romance for the speaker is good. Romance in this poem does not mean love; I believe that it should be inferred as excitement and adventure.
The speaker describes childhood as “painted paroquet”. The paroquet is with the speaker while they are learning the “alphabet” and saying their “very earliest word”. A paroquet is beautiful, colourful, and small bird, which is associated with happiness. The speaker was a child they had a lot of time to play and explore. But then the speaker grows up and their life gets busy. The speaker characterizes adulthood as the “eternal Condor years”. Condors are big, black, and vulture-like birds. Adulthood is much harder than childhood. As an adult “the years “tumult as they thunder by” and the speaker has “no time for idle cares”. The speaker predicts that there will be “hour with calmer wings”, when their life is more peaceful. I think the speaker chose the metaphor of birds because they vary in many ways. For instance if one was to compare a paroquet to a condor would be reasonable to believe they were two different species. This is similar to the speakers life. An adults life is extremely different than childhood. Another reason that Poe could have decided to use birds is because birds can fly. I can imagine that flying like a bird feels alot like excitement and adventure. During childhood romance is present and among the speaker in the “green leaves”, but once the speaker reaches adulthood romance is “far down within some shadowy lake”. It is hidden down far in the shadowy lake but it is still alive deep within the speakers busy life.
I think the tone of this poem is wistfulness.

| Posted on 2018-02-04 | by a guest

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One interpretation of this poem can be that Poe is talking about his affiliation to the Romantic movement that was sweeping the American and English literary scenes during his life time and of which he himself was a significant contributor. He is possibly talking about how he was fascinated by the ideals of the movement, that worshiped the metaphysical and the idyllic,during his young and carefree days and the long years have changed his views, if not drastically, at least to a point that has made a self-reflection necessary.

| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest

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Poe is saying that love is powerful and has a child, has taught him many things

| Posted on 2013-04-09 | by a guest

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Poe\'s stepfather, John Allan, didn\'t want Poe to become a poet. Thus, Poe had little time to dedicate to his poetry. This is one of Poe\'s few poems that, in fact, is NOT about losing someone you love, or even a particular person. The second paragraph is saying that even though Poe has \"no time for idle cares\", the metaphorical bird of romance sheds soft feathers on his spirit (\"And when an hour with calmer wings/Its down upon my spirit flings\"), and he takes a bit of time out of his day to write poetry, even though he\'s not supposed to (\"That little time with lyre and rhyme/To while away-forbidden things!\"), because to Poe, poetry IS romance.

| Posted on 2011-12-06 | by a guest

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he is saying that love is a bird, that stayed with him trough his childhood, and he could love as a child, but now that he is an adult, he cannot love anymore, and the bird has flown away.

| Posted on 2011-04-05 | by a guest

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In my opinion the one posted on 2010-11-18 is the best one (btw u just lost the game, all your base is belong to us, backstreet boys \"YEAH!\")

| Posted on 2011-02-05 | by a guest

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In my opinion and interpretation, this poem has context dealing with romance, pain, and darkness. The start seems to be more a happy romance and love and how it makes you feel. Then, it turns darker and reflects more of loosing the one you loved first. There are so many ways to take this poem, but I do believe it does indeed involve romance, just not the kind everyone assumes it to be. We must remember that Poe wasn\'t your average man and does in fact have a different spin on everything, including what love and romance are. ;)

| Posted on 2010-11-18 | by a guest

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well i think that hes trying to explain hes not talking about the romance we usually talk about...even though its ...hard to find love in this world and instead of looking for love you could be taking your time to do other things..and becuase of that he lost his love in the ned..??

| Posted on 2010-11-09 | by a guest

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I think it means he had a love when he was in his twenties and lost it. then it is saying how you never get over your first love.

| Posted on 2010-09-20 | by a guest

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...i think that the poet has experienced his first love when he was a child...
...as he grows older...he has forgotten what love is...and cared for other things which he thinks are more important...then his heart is criminal \'til he loves again...

| Posted on 2010-08-24 | by a guest

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i think edgar is a more complicated dude and hes trying to explain how true romance is hard to find
in the first stansa he is saying that the paroquet is hes first real love n she taught him his alphabet which mean she taught him the first things in love but he took advantage and lied to her and lost his first love
on the second stansa hes saying how wen your older true romance is hard to find because your stuck in a world of lies and your always in a rush afraid to fall back in the romance you had as a child

| Posted on 2010-08-03 | by a guest

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I agree that the poem is about how hard true romance is to find and the pain of falling out of love.
However, I think the deeper meaning is about how when you discover romance you lose your innocence.
If you look at the first stanza as childhood, the tone is full of optimisim at eventually finding real romance and it being perfect. Then the second stanza shows how as you get older and gain some life experiance real romance isn't all that romantic. Romance and love often lead to pain and loss which is what Poe was explaining.
To find real romance is to lose the childlike, pure way we view love

| Posted on 2010-07-16 | by a guest

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this is not actually a ROMANCE this is a darkness,a crime, and is not all about a romance

| Posted on 2010-06-28 | by a guest

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I believe that this poem is also talking about how sometimes our lives are so busy when we are older that we don't have the time to pursue love, and romance anymore. While we are young we have all the time we want to think of such things. Those who had really good comments, Thank you, I am using this poem for one of my college courses. Literary Theory.

| Posted on 2010-05-18 | by a guest

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I believe Donne Rogue to be the closest. It makes not sense for Poe to be speaking of anything other than love or romance, since his style was not to speak of "dykes", or "anal and freaky stuff like that." Really?
That's all I have to say.

| Posted on 2010-03-18 | by a guest

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This poem does not mean Romance as in love, nor is it speaking of hot sex with Poes cousin, granted he was insane. but this is talking about an extravagent dream or tale that could never be true. in the first stanza poe writes of his child hood being happy and joyful. its pure "romance" for this was not true as we know. in the second stanza he writes of his life as he grows up and of his future.

| Posted on 2010-03-04 | by a guest

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brenda ramierez is a fugly whore... do not trust her!!!

| Posted on 2010-02-25 | by a guest

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i am not karyn mitchell am in love with bobbi not high and she really likes this poem.

| Posted on 2010-02-01 | by a guest

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This poem is talking about how Poe liked to have hot sex with his cousin. He was totally into anal and freaky stuff like that

| Posted on 2009-11-27 | by a guest

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The tone of this poem is pain and darkness, not romance. The poet writes about looking and finding love, but then loosing it. It is implying that romance is not easily found.

| Posted on 2009-11-17 | by a guest

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I have to analyze it too, I believe it is about pain and darkness...?

| Posted on 2009-11-16 | by a guest

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I have to analyze this for class. I think that it tells the tale of a man (Poe) looking, finding, and loosing love. My teacher said that its not about the romance that we normally think of though.

| Posted on 2009-11-02 | by a guest

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Why the hell are there Backstreet boys lyrics on here!?!?!?!?!

| Posted on 2009-09-21 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2009-06-09 | by a guest

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This poem did not speak to me at all, I was curb stomped by a screaming butch lesbian, hence, i do not feel romance.

| Posted on 2009-05-29 | by a guest

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I gave my girlfriend this poem in a card and she had NO idea what it meant...But know that she does she is amazed at how poetic and cool i am.

| Posted on 2009-05-26 | by a guest

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This poem speaks deeply to my soul because i am a butch dyke named Sean

| Posted on 2009-05-07 | by a guest

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My boyfriend gave me this poem in a card and i had NO idea what it meant...But know that i do i am amazed at how beautiful it is...

| Posted on 2008-11-21 | by a guest

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My boyfriend gave me this poem in a card and i had NO idea what it meant...But know that i do i am amazed at how beautiful it is...

| Posted on 2008-11-21 | by a guest

.: Romance :.

As a child, Poe learned from romance, which he compares to a bird. "Down within some shadowy lake" is implying that romance is not easily found. Romance can bring the sky down. He cannot waste another moment while he could be taking advantage of this opportunity. He also says that it would "be a crime" not to mourn the loss of romance.

As a child, Poe learned from romance, which he compares to a bird. "Down within some shadowy lake" is implying that romance is not easily found. Romance can bring the sky down. He cannot waste another moment while he could be taking advantage of this opportunity. He also says that it would "be a crime" not to mourn the loss of romance.

| Posted on 2006-04-20 | by Donne Rogue

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