Analyzing the poem First Love.
I will be analyzing a poem called First Love, the poem was written by
John Clare, who was born on July 13, 1793 and died on May 20, 1864.
The poem is about the poets first love.
The poem has three stanzas and eight lines in each stanza, there is
twenty-four lines altogether. The poem rhythms, it goes in A,B A,B
form, for example Hour rhythms with flower and sweet rhythms with
complete. It is in first person, because it uses a lot of I, for
example ”I could not see a single thing” or “I never saw so sweet a
face”. From the title we can see that the poet was never in love
In the first line of the first stanza it says, “I ne’er was struck
before that hour”, this line tells us that the poet was never struck
with so much love for a person ever in his life.
In the second line it says ,”With love so sudden and so sweet”, this
line tells us that the poet fell in love so suddenly, this line has
aliteration, e.g “so sudden and so sweet”.
In the third line it says, “Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower”,
this line tells us that the poet was shooked and dazzeled by the girls
face, and he compares it with a flower.
In the forth line it says, “And stole my heart away complete”, this
line tells us that the girls face was so enlightening for the poet,
that his heart was taken away by the girls face. This line also has
personification,”And stole my heart”, the poet is taking about the
face of the girl, and a face can’t steal a heart.
In the fifth line it says, “My face turned pale as deadly pale”, this
line tells us that the poets face turned as pale as it can get. This
line also has a simile, for example “pale as deadly pale”.
In the sixth line it says,”My legs refused to walk away”, this line
tells us that he couldn’t walk his legs became stiff and didn’t want
In the seventh line it says, “And when she looked what could I ail ?”,
this line tells us that when she looked at him, he became ill.
In the eighth line it says, “My life and all seemed turned to clay”,
this line tells us that he turned into clay.
This stanza tells us that he has become paralyzed by the sight of the
In the first line of the second stanza it says, “And then my blood
rushed to my face”, this line tells us that he has become shy and has
started to blush. This line also has...