Literature assignment

Our literature teacher Pato, gave us an assignment that involves all the poems that we have read threw the year, which are; The Clod and The Pebble, Love lll, Passion and Lovers’ Infiniteness.

1) What is “love” for each of the voices in the poems?

The Clod and The Pebble:

CLOD: generous, happy
PEBBLE: selfish, unhappy

Love lll: religious love, God loves us even if we do the most terrible thong in the world.

Passion: Nature love, since it’s immortal and trustful.

Lovers’ infiniteness: Love is all.

2) Which poems deals with “earthly love”? Explain

The poems that tackles earthy love are The Clod and The Pebble, Passion and Lovers’ Infiniteness because they are or suffering because of his beloved, or in the case of the Clod, enjoying mortal love.

3) Which poems deals with “spiritual love”? Explain

The poems that deals with spiritual love are Love lll and Passion, since they both found something to love that it isn’t mortal, for instance God and Nature.

4) Which is your favorite poem? Why?

My favorite poem is “The Clod and The Pebble” because I think that is very creative to show the to sides of love, since everything in life has to sides, the good and bad things. It leaves you the message, that being in love is wonderful, but you take risk doing it, because you can get hurt.

5) Which is your favorite quotation?

My favorite quotation is “Love seeketh not itself to please” because it describes the goodness of love. Also, because the Pebble, said the same but meaning the contrary.

Essay The Clod and the Pebble, Love (III)

The poem “Love (III)” by George Herbert and the poem “The Clod and the Pebble” by William Blake deal with love. In these two poems love is expressed in two different ways. In the following essay this ideas will be discussed.

“The Clod and the Pebble” handle earthly love, and show two different points of view about it. On one hand, the Clod talks about his experience of love. For the Clod, “Love Seeketh not itself to please” meaning that love is not selfish, love is generous. Moreover, the Clod mentions “And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair”. This metaphor shows that for the Clod love is happy and help you to take worries out.
On the other hand, the Pebble gives a completely different point of view: “Love seeketh only itself to please” By saying this, he shows that love is selfish, a horrible thing that doesn’t give you pleasure. In addition, the metaphor “And builds a Hell in Heaven’s despite” meaning that love is an awful thing and make you suffer all the time.

The poem Love (III) by George Herbert tackles secular love. This poem is also a conversation, but in this case, between a man and Love, a personification of God. This man believes that he doesn’t deserve God’s love because he is a sinner. “Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back” God is trying to explain to him that everybody deserves his love, even sinners. “Who bore the blame” With this quote God shows that everybody is worthy of his love, that everyone commit sins so who’s to blame? In the end, the man accepts God’s love and through this metaphor “So I did sit and eat” this man finally accept to be forgiven.

In conclusion, these two poems handle love, but with different points of view about it.