Love In E?Os By Robert Bridges, And Eros By Anne Stevenson

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In the poems, “EΡΩΣ” by Robert Bridges and “Eros” by Anne Stevenson both have similar yet distinct concepts of the God of love. “EΡΩΣ” describes the concept of love as being conflicted between humans view of Eros as the god of love and lust; where as Stevenson’s poem describes Eros as being bruised and beat up as a result of this constant misunderstanding by humanity. Thus, both poems are similar with their description of Eros’ constant struggles with human nature.
“EΡΩΣ” by Robert Bridges has a contradictory concept of what humans view as love, thus the negative and positive comparisons are between Eros different angles in love and lust. For instance, Eros is described as both having “exuberant flesh so fair” yet “Ere from his chaste marmoreal,” thus stating he has both a sexual, savage appearance, yet a pure and smooth one also. The speaker also states, “Surely thy body is thy mind, for thy face is nought to find…” where Eros is being described as a pretty boy who beyond his looks has no brain. Both these descriptions, of a sexual appearance and having no brains, depict that Eros is pitifully and constantly admired just for his physical beauty (lust), rather than his spiritual beauty (love). This concept of his elevated beauty is also illustrated by the formal and elegant writing techniques used throughout the poem; constant rhyme scheme, and proper word usage. Since the poem is an Apostrophe poem, it also gives sense to the conflicting concept of love, since no one is responding the speakers questions and...

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