Love Song- by William Carlos Williams
Love Song- by William Carlos Williams

Love Song- by William Carlos Williams

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  • Published: October 12, 2017
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When reading the title, we often associate a love song as something jaunty,pleasureable, and celebrating, or its other extreme, regretting, nostalgic, and full of pity for the singer’s troubles in love. With Williams the singer, the main idea revolves around the concept of an incomplete union in first person point of view, which makes the reading more personal as the reader is using “I” instead you or he. From this concept stem the ideas that this poem is about hopelessness or happiness, communal sex or masturbation.Delving into history, literary techniques, association with the author, and own opinion of it, there is easily more to it than meets the eye. My first and immediate explanation for the poem was an address from one lover to a loved one, where distance became a factor in their relationship. The lover has it far worse than the desired partner and the solitude builds nothing but longing for this person at a time when his love is the greatest.

He says “ What have I to say to you when we shall meet?… I am alone… with my head knocked against the sky”.He further asks, “How can I tell if I shall ever love you again as I do now? ” There is uncertainty because he is wondering over the next encounter with his loved one.

He says, “I lie here thinking of you” and is compelling when he wants the loved one to see him in the 5th stanza and what love is doing to his state of mind. He is hopeless and expresses it by asking quest

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ions he is unsure of, conveying his troubled state. Williams enforces imagery along with sound effects to demonstrate the despair of the man in a realm that is almost dreamlike with purple skies,spoiled colors, and birds.Stating he is alone and that his head collides with the sky may underline the man’s confusion. He also uses imagery in the “stain of love as it eats into the leaves”, and saffron horned branches, vivid and easy-to-imagine images that captivate the reader. The line stating “a smooth purple sky” and this stain which is “spoiling the colours of the whole world” easily formulate a very distinct picture.

Through consonance words like “eats” and “smears with saffron” become fiercer in the eyes of this lover as they cancel out a “smooth sky”.For those who disagree, it also appears to be about a lover who perceives the world through love which he finds in sunlight. Again through imagery, the yellow stain is the sun’s rays and the purple sky describes a sun set. The colors of the sun are ‘eating’ into leaves and branches with vibrant colors as yellow creeps from leaf to leaf and tree limb to tree limb. This all makes sense seeing Williams’ use of this poem in his 1936 play “A Dream of Love”. In the play Doc, the main character and husband, says “ I wrote this when we were first married.

You were away and I thinking of you.It was just sunset and I was looking toward the horizon where I knew you to be.

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The wife cried out in joy and told him she adored him. Funny thing is, if the play is read more in depth, it tells the story of a troubled marriage, a neglected wife, and a man.

Doc used his poetry to ease the tension of a fight with his wife. Doc had a mistress and all of his wife’s reasons for feeling denied were accurate. What does this say about Williams’ view toward the poem? Ending it “How can I tell if I shall ever love you again as I do now? ” may imply a doubt in whether Doc will love his wife in the future.It is about an imperfect union, which was well used to describe the marriage in A Dream of Love. I say touche to Williams. Another twist to understanding the poem is the controversial, yet substantial argument that Williams wrote this on revolutionary terms.

He was innovative in how he words the poem and what the audience should feel. Much of the poem, while it may concern sorrow or the splendor in love by the memory of a partner, is basically about SEX. It uses images of desire and passion in wanting the presence of a wife/partner/mistress/woman.The first stanza begins by asking “What have I to say to you we shall meet? ” expecting an encounter and thought on what to chat with her about.

Immediately beginning stanza 2 the “stain” is introduced, which easily relates to male, female, or shared semen. Eroticism is obvious with the “horned branches” which are piecing a smooth purple sky, just how a penis “leans heavily” against a vagina. The sky can is also the barrier between the branches and that beyond the sky, just how it can be taken as the inside of the vagina, it can too be considered the outside, right before penetrating.Saying there is no light puts the situation into an even more suitable location for sex. The honey-thick stain is relevant to the texture of fluids involved in sex and its dripping from leaf to leaf and limb to limb may easily equate leaves to the delicate body of a woman, and limbs to the robust physique of a man. His fourth stanza relates to the events before and during the climax of the man.

He has been “buoyed up” and his head-a name that is used to describe the tip of the penis- has knocked against the vagina-relevant “sky”.In the fifth stanza the surrealism and dreamlike dimension covered in the beginning has its attention shifted to the speaker. He wants her to see him, “dripping with nectar” and finally with his arms and hands idle, implying they were once busied up. The last stanza can either be one of true love for this woman, as he asks the question or one of disposal. He might be saying that he is done with her and doubts he’ll love her after this sex-where his connection to her was greatest. In believing this poem is about sex between two people I can argue that is about masturbation.

All the discussed sexual references can remain the same

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