As homework we did an essay with senior 2. We were divided into groups with one or two students of senior 1 and the same with senior 2. Together we made an essay about the poem ‘Passion’ by Kathleen Raine
Kathleen Raine tackles the theme of love through her positive feelings that are created by nature. The writer expresses her emotions about her unrequited love by the passion she feels about nature.
The poem relates nature and love through metaphors that compare her feelings with the world that surrounds us. ”When the war ends, and the sky rolls away, And all is light, love and eternity” As you can see she uses the sun and the clear skies to show that her mind is now free of the torment and sadness that her unrequited love was bringing to her.
She also portrays nature as an immortal love and she compares this love to an unrequited one and demonstrating how nature brings you only happiness and peace, since she and nature are a single being. And on the other hand, how unrequited love brings you pain and “The well-known and mortal death, heartbreak.” She implies that if you fall in love unrequitedly it feels as if you’re not alive, it’s the closest to death psychologically. Moreover the poem compares what she feels for her lover with her feelings for nature. It shows her changes of mind when she realizes how nature was her real love.
For example , the poem starts with the voice´s feelings for a man , after being abandoned by her beloved, she has a chaos inside her, although her outside seems full of peace, because of nature. She is trying to get her lover back “Waiting for the longed-voice to speak through the mute telephone”. This personification explains that the speaker’s lover is not contacting her. She thought that her real and biggest love was her ex-boyfriend but after a few stanzas she realizes that she had something better than human love, the love of nature.
In the lasts stanzas you can realize how the voice is changing her mind, while she is lying on the ground, she hears a voice talking to her, saying, “You have what you desire”. Meaning that she already had what she wanted and needed, nature.The voice is continuously talking to her. It orders to her,“Lift up” life continues, that she already has the clouds, the wind, the stars, and the oceans, what was really important for her. And there she understand that the nature was her real love.
In conclusion, the writer deals with love expressing her feelings through nature. Through the poem she explains her chaos in her soul and her peace which is created through nature.