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A Reading: “True Love” A Poem By Wislawa Szymborska

783 words - 3 pages

The speaker comes across to us about the reality of true love. Mocking us with its notions, expressions and yes even our public displays of affection. The ironic nature and the latter affirmation of true love is succinctly expressed in this poem By placing us face to face with ironic examples of the presence of true love it reaffirms our humanity and existentialism.

She starts with, “True love. Is it normal,/ is it serious, is it practical? (1-2) True love in its truest sense is all of the above; it is essential whether or not we find it. Two people who are in love and may feel they are on their own in actuality become the conduit of true love. Often times our true love exudes from within touching the souls of others, or in plain language rub off on someone else. I think this is the phenomenon of why guests in weddings feel that love is in the air. However cynical or skeptical someone maybe about true love, it is something we all strive for at one time or another in our lifetime.

“Placed on the same pedestal for no good reason,/ drawn randomly from millions, but convinced/ it had to happen this way – in reward for what?/ For nothing.” (5-8), the speaker cites an irony. Fate maybe a catalyst to finding true love but there is more work to be done after fate puts you in the same room, the same train, or the same plane to achieve true love. That first glance that sweeps you off your feet comes love at first sight. The first hello, the first smile, the awkwardness, and butterflies in your stomach are enough reasons why we should put true love front and center. When the perfect moment comes along we should exalt and celebrate true love’s phenomenon. “The light descends from nowhere./ Why on these two and not on others?” (9-10), says the speaker. Why not! When we feel we are being singled out and given a chance to experience true love and that no one else exist under the sun, we in the same token accepts the moral responsibility to preserve true love’s definition and keep true it’s integrity. It is not to make people envious but to display how true love can be beautiful.

The speaker continues to mock our public display of true love, ironically...

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