In literature class we made an essay in pairs about Love III. This is the final version of the the one I made with Trinidad Porretti.
“Explore how the voice of the poem Love III shows a change as the poem develops”
The personna of the poem “Love III” shows a twist along the poem as it develops. In the following essay I will discuss how the voice of the poem shows this change.
On the one hand, at the beginning of the poem the speaker of Love III believes he is not worthy of God’s love. The voice thinks this because he’s covered of dust and sins, what we can see through the following quote “Guilty of dust and sin”, which also makes a reference to a quote from the bible “You are dust and to dust you shall return”. The personna demonstrates that he feels ashamed of himself, unworthy of being in the presence of love, in spite of this, love still insisted on the speaker feeling valuable. However, the voice still unwilled to feel in that way. Furthermore, love spoke to the speaker gently, trying to convince him, it was familiar and acted fondly towards him. The voice claimed that he wasn’t a worthy guest of love, that other person deserved it more than him, what the following quote expresses “I the unkind, ungrateful?”, he wasn’t as kind and grateful as a proper guest should be. In the third stanza, the personna says that he ruined what God gave him, his eyes ,“Who made the eyes but I?…. I have marred them”, and that his shame should go where it deserved, to hell.
On the other hand, at the end of the poem, love persuades the speaker due to that he finally accepts that he deserved God’s love, but through this quote, “then I will serve” we can see he wanted to join it as a servant. Nevertheless, love, is not satisfied with this, he tries to convince the guest forcefully, with an authoritative tone, to “join the feast”, to sit down and “taste my meat”, which is an allusion to the christian belief of the last supper. The voice obeys God and finally sits down with love and eats, which symbolized that he ended up acknowledging that he was worthy of love, and this is the change we can see throughout the poem. At the beginning, the speaker thought he was unworthy of God’s love,that other guest deserved it more than he did. However, at the ending, he understands that he was underestimating his value, because he was worthy of God’s love, he was the perfect guest of love.
All in all, in the poem Love III the personna shows a twists in his view about his value, about his worth of God’s love, as the poem develops.