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Lovesong Analysis



Author: Poetry of Ted Hughes Type: Poetry Views: 1019

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He loved her and she loved him

His kisses sucked out her whole past and future or tried to

He had no other appetite

She bit him she gnawed him she sucked

She wanted him complete inside her

Safe and Sure forever and ever

Their little cries flutteredinto the curtainsHer eyes wanted nothing to get away

Her looks nailed down his hands his wrists his elbows

He gripped her hard so that life

Should not drag her from that moment

He wanted all future to cease

He wanted to topple with his arms round her

Or everlasting or whatever there was

Her embrace was an immense press

To print him into her bones

His smiles were the garrets of a fairy place

Where the real world would never come

Her smiles were spider bites

So he would lie still till she felt hungry

His word were occupying armies

Her laughs were an assasin's attempts

His looks were bullets daggers of revenge

Her glances were ghosts in the corner with horrible secrets

His whispers were whips and jackboots

Her kisses were lawyers steadily writing

His caresses were the last hooks of a castawayHer love-tricks were the grinding of locks

And their deep cries crawled over the floors

Like an animal dragging a great trap

His promises were the surgeon's gag

Her promises took the top off his skull

She would get a brooch made of it

His vowspulled out all her sinewsHe showed her how to make a love-knot

At the back of her secret drawer

Their screams stuck in the wall

Their heads fell apart into sleep like the two halves

Of a lopped melon, but love is hard to stopIn their entwinedsleep they exchanged arms and legs

In their dreams their brains took each other hostageIn the morning they wore each other's face





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HE tries to underscore the essentially different nature of love as perceived by a man to that of a woman towards a man.He is obssesed with the idea of being the man of her dreams and she wants nothing more than to be assured that he is that particular man.The way they expressed this sexually in an obsessive manner shows the lack of genuine, mutual trust of the prospect of a long lasting love relationship!

| Posted on 2017-06-13 | by a guest


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Lack of punctuation highlight how love cannot be tamed, love cannot be trapped, love cannot be confined and relaxed - Hughes/Plaths love burns and cannot be paused.
Continuous shift from him/her are perhaps emblematic of their sexual intercourse - thrusting: in, out, him, her.

| Posted on 2017-02-19 | by a guest


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Although this poem is about a dysfunctional, sexual, obsessive relationship between Hughes and Plath, it could also represent Plath's relationship with her father as there are connections in the poem relating to the war. Taking to account that Plath's father Otto was a Nazi soldier.

| Posted on 2015-10-21 | by a guest


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Although this poem is about a dysfunctional, sexual, obsessive relationship between Hughes and Plath, it could also represent Plath's relationship with her father as there are connections in the poem relating to the war. Taking to account that Plath's father Otto was a Nazi soldier.

| Posted on 2015-10-21 | by a guest


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There is a lot of one-upmanship in this poem. I suspect a reflection of the real Hughes-Plath relationship. It was full of initial genuine passion that quickly descended to competition. The poem is a disturbing vision of love gone awry. It is not love, it reflects obsession.

| Posted on 2012-06-14 | by a guest


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Ted Hughes suggests that love is ominous and although does not come to an end due to its deep rooted emotion,it is still a catastrophy. This poem reflects upon the lives of Plath and Hughes himself, he believes that although loves is an amazing emotion it can soon become very obsessive. This bitter-sweet relationship clearly shows that love is destructive and once felt, cannot be erased from ones heart. The military references used are again to symbolise the pain that love afflicts upon the couple.

| Posted on 2012-05-15 | by a guest


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Its a claustrophbic love, there is desire and lust but no sense of compassion or actual \'romance.\'

| Posted on 2012-03-06 | by a guest


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The poem is about an uncontrollably passionate love two people share and that the nature of love is violent, full of anger and envy, and the need for another to love one back is a strong force which strains a relationship. Although these feelings are harsh and powerful and rough, they are out of love and passion, the lovers are like warriors on a battlefield- which is their bed. Their cries and screams are passionate, but also reflect the anger and pain of love. No matter how strong these feelings are, the fact that they come from the passion of being hopelessly and completely in love mean they still feel the desire and need to be wrapped physically and emotionally in one another, the obsession of love is the idea of taking a lover hostage in your dreams, and they have become one through this all, which is where the metaphor of wearing the others\' face comes from. It is a truthful and insightful poem.

| Posted on 2011-04-19 | by a guest


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I think the poem is about how despite how much people love each other they could begin to smother one another and anger, or keep things from each other. At the end of the poem it shows that even though lovers get in each other's way that does not mean love completely ends. That no matter how monstrous someone becomes it would be hard to call it quits and stop loving them hence the line, "but love is hard to stop."

| Posted on 2010-01-08 | by a guest




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