Connecting and Comparing Literature
Introduction to Literature
Prof. Robin Throne
May 21, 2009
Love by definition is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection and attachment. Love usually refers to a deep feeling of tenderly caring for another person. Love will be the highlight of this paper, I will be comparing two poems: “Freedom and Love” by Thomas Campbell and “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and one play: “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. All three of these literature pieces are in regards to love and how it holds no boundaries; it’s about finding the one person who totally completes you in its entirety. They all three show you with words how strong love can be and how far love can take you. So let’s start with the poems and how they relate, and then we will move into how the poems fit with the play.
“Freedom and Love” by Thomas Campbell
How delicious is the winning, of a kiss at love’s beginning,
When two mutual hearts are sighing, for the know there’s no untying!
Yet remember, ‘Midst our wooing, Love has bliss, but love has ruing;
Other smiles may make you fickle, Tears for other charms may trickle.
Love he comes, and Love he tarries, Just as fate or fancy carries;
Longest stays, when sorest chidden, laugh and flies, when press’d and bidden.
Bind the sea to slumber stilly, Bind its odour to the lily,
Bind the aspen ne’er to quiver, Then bind love to last forever.
Love’s a fire that needs renewal, Of fresh beauty for its fuel:
Love’s wing moults when caged and captured, Only free, he soars enraptured.
Can you keep the bee from ranging, or ringdove’s neck from changing?
No! nor fetter’d Love from dying, In the knot there’s no untying.
This poem can be taken in a few different ways, and I understood the ways it can be taken, one way it can be taken is love can be so strong but does it last forever? Is...