Over a period of time during literature classes, we have been working on poetry. At the beginning of the term we were ask to work in pairs on a poem that we were able to choose from the part 4 of the book songs of ourselves. I worked with Anouk de laferrere on a poem call “after” and each group worked on a different poem. At first, we were asked to read about the author of the poem and the literature period in which the poem was written and afterwards, we had to make a presentation with the information we find out and with the analysis of the poem. This took us some classes so after all the presentations were finished, pato chujman told us to share our presentations with all the students in our blogs so as to be able to see all the presentations of each of the poems. When we were able to see all the presentations, our teacher post in her blog one essay questions for each of the poems and we had to choose the poem we most like and write an essay on it individually. I choose the poem “ love in a life” by robert browning´s
When I first read this poem, I was able to see a connection with a real love story as people are always looking for love. For human beings, love is always a search, we can satisfy love with some people but most of the times, we are always trying to find something else, another relationship another person, more love, etc. The poet deals all through his poem with the search of a woman that seems to be the ideally to him but really difficult to find. It happens all the time in the daily life of many people that you are looking for someone but you are not in the same page of that person or at the exact time or perfect moment which is what the writer is trying to express, that the perfect love is really difficult to find which is definitely true.
As regards the working in class, I find it really interested that we were able to choose the poem we wanted and not one assigned by our teacher as I was able to see which one I like the most and which one I found out more interesting. It was like a challenge for us as we had never done it before and it was quite useful as each pair choose the poem they like and worked on it. Moreover, as I already mention, the first part of the project was in pairs and it really help me on my learning as we were able to share opinions and different views and perspectives about the poem and put all the information and knowledge we both share as a single analysis in the presentations resulting really useful as I learnt it a lot and I believe that my partner too. I do believe, that working in pairs this time was a great idea as when it’s get to the time of doing the essay alone, it was much more easier and guided because we had all the presentations with the analysis of the poems done by my partners.
Here is my presentation about the poem I choose (“after”)
Here is the essay:
Essay question: comment closely on how robert browning’s poem “love in a life” is an ode to a woman
All throughout the poem “Love in a life” the writer Robert Browning, deals with the search of his love, which is really difficult to find. Browning’s definitely shows how the poem is an ode to a woman as it is constantly searching for a woman that seems to be perfect to him as the way he describes her. Although love is difficult to find and not always is a pathway to happiness, Every second of his life is dedicated to her as he seems to have an endless quest to find his lover within the numerous rooms of their shared home no matter if she runs away.
On the one hand, love in a life clearly shows how the writer devoted his life to find a woman who seems to be the love of his life. The poem begins with the speaker stating that he is on a journey to find his lover in their house; “Room after room, I hunt the house through”. Although he looked for her everywhere and in every moment, he was not able to find her so he speaks to his heart, telling it not to worry, as he will do the impossible to soon find her; Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her— Next time, herself!—not the trouble behind her”. Moreover, he also expresses that all through the search of the years when he gets to be near her and seems to find her, it isn’t what he is looking for as it is “the trouble behind her”, he has only seen the remnants of her presence. Now, he wants to find her truly self because before it seems that they were not meant to be together, they were not in the same pathway and in the same page but now it seems to be the moment to meet again and to be together. Usually, this things in real life happen all the time, not always you are in the same page with a person and this occurs, you never met until it gets to the time, but you are always searching for that moment to happen; “And door succeeds door; I try fresh fortune”, he will always be there waiting and searching for her so as to be able to meet in the same room of the house and at the same time. Furthermore, he stated that although he has not yet succeeded, he plans to. He is going to continue to search until he finds her and as it is only “twilight” so there are still many doors to open, many rooms to enter and many corners to check.
On the other hand, we can also get to know that the poem is an ode to a woman for the passion the writer puts in his words when it gets to the time when talking about her. The speaker constantly feels as if he’s about to catch up to his lover. He can smell her on the curtains and sense her presence on the furniture. “Left in the curtain, the couch’s perfume!”. This is a really powerful olfactory image as he was able to smell her perfume and sense her presence although she was not there, showing the intensity of his love towards the woman he is referring the ode to as he seems to know her so well. In addition, he also describes her as being the perfect and extraordinary woman for him who gives joy and happiness to his life; “Yon looking-glass gleamed at the wave of her feather”. At the very same moment that she passed by a mirror, he was astonished by her, by her beauty, showing that he was so in love that he believed that everything was more beautiful and happy if she was around him .
All in all, Love in a Life from Robert Browning is an ode to a woman as the poem is fully dedicated and devoted to the woman he loves. This can be seen in the way he talks about her and in his constantly and hard search to find her.