Poetry of Love

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Poetry of Love Love is a very popular topic of poetry throughout many cultures and time. Love poetry can be very similar but also very different in many ways as I will illustrate in this paper. I will be comparing and contrasting Ibn Faraj’s “Chastity” with Garcilaso De La Vega’s “While There is Still the Color of a Rose.” I plan on illustrating how love is not a concept that is universally agreed upon throughout time and cultures. In these two poems, the idea of love is not exactly the same because of cultural differences that influenced the authors’ perspective of love. In order to understand how these cultural differences affected the poets, I must first compare and contrast the poems to illustrate the similarities and differences. Ibn Faraj takes on the persona of a man who is in a tempting situation with a woman from which he must refrain in “Chastity.” It is easy to interpret the persona as being a religious man from clues in the poem. For example, his reference to temptation as being Satan’s offer is a huge clue. Furthermore, the object of the speaker’s love seems to be a god. Although he is tempted by this beautiful woman, his love of God keeps him chaste. On the other hand, Garcilaso does not take on a persona in “While There is Still the Color of a Rose.” The speaker in the poem seems to be the poet himself giving advice to a young lady. This young lady is also the object of the speaker’s love which can be seen through the imagery used to describe her beauty. Imagery is present in each poem although it is used in different ways and for different purposes. In “Chastity” imagery is in attendance in many lines, such as “She came unveiled in the night.” This line is used to create the image of the woman being nude. Also, the line “a thirsty camel whose muzzle keeps it from nursing” creates the image of a man with sexual needs that does not fall prey to…...

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