In class of literature, our teacher, Pato, told us that we had to answer these questions about the poem “Song” by Lady Mary Wroth with this information;
1-Who is the voice?
2-Write a summary for each stanza.
3-What is the theme? And the tone?
4-Find at least 3 literary devices and explain them.
5-In your opinion, which is the most powerful line?
6-Do you agree with the speaker? Give reasons.
And now, I´m going to answer these question:
The voice of the poem is a woman who warned you how men can treat you and love you.
1ST STANZA: In the first stanza, the personna says that love is personified as a child, and it says that they are always ungrateful.
2ND STANZA: In the4 sencond stanza, the personna says that you can´t trust the person you love, because he will break his promises.
3RD STANZA: In the third stanza, the voice says that love is empty. Moreover, it says that when you are in love, you can´t trust the person you love, because love leaves you forsaken.
4RD STANZA: In the fourth stanza, the personna says that men will take pleasures of your pain. In addition, it says that the benefits of love are minimum.
5TH STANZA: In the fith stanza, the speaker compared men with wolves due to the men´s ferocity. In addition, and finally, in the last line of the poem, the speaker recomends you to “leave love alone just as you would leave an argumentative child alone.
THEMES: There are two themes in this poem:
-Love betwwen men and woman.
TONES: warning and confident.
These are the literary devices I found in the poem;
- Personification: “love a child”. This personification shows how love can be ungrateful (it´s in stanza 1, line 1).
- Metaphor: “wolves no fiercer in their praying”. This quote shows that love does not remain in one place (it´s in stanza 5, line 2).
- Smile: “nor seek him so given to fly “. In this quotation, the personna is trying to show that you should leave love alone, in the same way you should leave an argumentative child alone.
In my opinion, the most powerful line is in the stanza 1, “never satisfied with having”. Because, this stranza is trying to show that child has an insatiable desire; the more love he gets, the more he wants.
No, I do not agree with the voice at all. This is because the personna thinks that love is something made to suffer, but I do not think so. Moreover, because the speaker thinks that love breaks all promises, that love take pleasure with your pain, that love can be something horrible, etc, but as I have already said, I do not think so. To conclude, I think that love can hurt you, but it can also make you very happy.