My First Love
This poem is written by John Claire. The poem is about falling in love for the first time. In the poem he describes how he falls in love for the first time. He feels his heart has been stolen and experiences his love as cold.
The title “First Love” suggests that this poem is about someone’s feelings. “First” has a connotation of number one and before anything else. “Love” has connotation to passion and affection. This suggests the poem is going to be about happiness.
In stanza one the poet descried seeing his first love for the very first time and the effect that it has had on him. The poem is in first person and is from the perspective of the person who falls in love.
In line one he says, “I ne’er was struck”. It suggests it is violet sudden and is sharp. He has been forcibly hit by it. He also says “that hour” this suggests that he remembers the exact moment when it happened.
Line two he says “so sudden and so sweet”, the word “sudden” has the connotations of something happening unexpectedly. “Sweet” has connotations of pleasurable and enjoyable. Both words “sudden” and “sweet” contrasts. He uses the modifier “so” exaggerate those qualities. “So” has the alliteration of a forceful harsh. The alliteration is used to emphasis shock of love.
In line three and four he goes on to say “bloomed like a sweet flower” he uses a simile, he compares her face to a flower blooming. “Flower” has connotations of natural beauty, pleasurable to look at. He finds her face attractive and appealing. Then he creates a negative tone, when he says “And stole my heart” He personifies her face as stealing his heart. Somebody who steals takes something who steals takes something without permission. He feels he had no choice and no control. He has mixed feelings about falling in love.
In line five and eight he described the physical effect love has on him. He uses a simile in line five; he says “My face turned pale as deadly pale”. He compares his face...