Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Definition of Love Poem By Andrew Marvell

The Definition of Love

            - By Andrew Marvell

My Love is of a birth as rare 
As’tis for object strange and high; 
It was begotten by despair 
Upon Impossibility. 

Magnanimous Despair alone 
Could show me so divine a thing 
Where feeble Hope could ne'r have flown, 
But vainly flapt its Tinsel Wing. 

And yet I quickly might arrive 
Where my extended Soul is fixt, 
But Fate does Iron wedges drive, 
And always crowds it self betwixt. 

For Fate with jealous Eye does see 
Two perfect loves, nor lets them close; 
Their union would her ruine be, 
And her Tyrannic pow’r depose. 

And therefore her Decrees of steel 
Us as the distant poles have plac’d, 
(Though Loves whole world on us doth wheel) 
Not by themselves to be embrac’d; 

Unless the giddy Heaven fall, 
And Earth some new Convulsion tear; 
And, us to joyn, the World should all 
Be cramp’d into a Planisphere

As Lines so Loves oblique may well 
Themselves in every Angle greet; 
But ours so truly Paralel
Though infinite can never meet. 

Therefore the Love which us doth bind, 
But Fate so enviously debars, 
Is the conjunction of the Mind, 
And Opposition of the Stars.

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