Essay question: “Explore how the voice of the poem Love III shows a change as the poem develops”.
As this story develops, the personna shows a change according to being worthy of receiving God’s love and being his guest.
To begin with, the character wasn’t able to accept his invitation because he felt “Guilty of dust and sin”. Despite this fact, Love is personified as God and acts fondly towards him as we can see in the following quotation: “Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning, if I lacked anything”. In addition, this extract from the poem shows that love thinks that the speaker has all the qualities to be his guest. As the poem progresses, in spite of God’s acceptance, the raconteur still refuses to enter heaven. Moreover, through the rhetorical question “Who made the eyes but I?” the divine being explains to the storyteller that he can look love with the eyes he gave him.
At the beginning of the third stanza, the speaker accepts what God says, in spite of the fact, he still feels unworthy because he ruined what the celestial being gave him. We can see this through the extract “Truth lord, but I have marred them: let my shame”. Furthermore, when the creator transmits “Who bore the blame?” he wants to explain that Christ died on the cross to make us free from sin. Moreover, in the third line of the fifth stanza, we can see love says to the voice “you must sit down, and taste my meat”. This metaphor means that, now that the speaker is in God’s house, he must obey Him. Also, it is a reference to the last supper. Finally, the personna obeyed his word when he says “I will serve”. Through this quotation, we can see that the personna understands and accepts what God was trying to transmit.
All in all, as the poem develops, the voice of the poem changes his feelings about accepting God’s invitation.