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Essay Writting-Passion by Tomás Braun and Matías Ripoll

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.

“Song”, by Lady Mary Wroth

As Pato was not present on Friday’s class, she left us some work to do which consists on six questions about the poem “song” by Lady Mary Wroth. Here are the Q&A:

1-Who is the voice?

2-Write a summary for each stanza.

3-What is the theme? And the tone?

4-Find at least 3 literary devices and explain them.

5-In your opinion, which is the most powerful line?

6-Do you agree with the speaker? Give reasons.



1)The voice in this poem is a woman, who personifies love as a selfish child


2)In the first stanza, the personna is personifying love as a child. This woman tells us that the child’s desire is insatiable, and he’s never happy, always crying. In addition, Wroth compares children with men because of their behaviour in front of women. In the second stanza, the voice tells us that love’s need has no limits, he values craziness above all else, and that love breaks her promises. Moreover, the writer tells us through the story that men can not be trusted. In the third stanza, the narrator says that love makes false promises, he makes false flattery and that love leads to abandonment. Furthermore, the writer tells that men are cheaters and they usually abandon women. In the fourth stanza, the storyteller says love will take pleasure from your pain and that the benefits you take from love are minimum. As well as the other stanzas, Lady Mary Worth shows that in every “battle” against man, women will always lose. Finally, in the fifth stanza, the ferocity of love is compared to the ferocity of a wolf, and that we should not look for it.


3)The themes of this story are selfishness, men actions and love between men and women . The tones of this poem are confident, warning and advising


4)Some of the literary devices I found on the poem were:

-Metaphor: I found many metaphors in the poem. One of them was: “love a child is ever crying”

-Personification: In the poem, love is being personified as a child.

-Alliteration:We can see an alliteration in here: “Feathers are as firm in staying”


5)  In my opinion, the most powerful line in the poem is: “Let him gain the hand, he will leave you”. I chose this line because it says that love leads to abandonment.


6)  I do not agree with what the speaker is saying. I think that the fact that the writer seems to be heartbroken and wrote what she thinks about love does not mean that is true. In my opinion, love does not break her promises, love does not take pleasure from your pain and love can not be compared to wolves because I don´t find any ferocity in it.

Essay Senior 1 and Senior 2

Essay question:Explore how the writer of “Passion” uses nature to express how she feels about love”


In the poem “Passion”, many romantic features are used, such as nature and passion.The writer uses nature to express her ideas about love through a spiritual voice, the sky’s voice. This spiritual voice was trying to convince the speaker, who was a woman, to understand that love isn’t the only thing that matters and that the only thing she needs is nature.

Before the spiritual voice talked to her, she was deeply depressed. The lady was lying on a peaceful place, where she interacted with nature by being one with the universal spirits. However, she found difficult to express her feelings by speaking or writing because she was emotionally damaged. This means that she was suffering physically as well as emotionally and she felt peace outside but chaos inside. She was in this situation, feeling heartbroken and abandoned, cause she was waiting for her love to call her but he didn’t. Here is evidence of that: “Through the mute telephone, my body grew weak with the well-known and mortal death, heartbreak.” In this quotation, the writer expresses through a metaphor that her heart was broken and she felt weak because she was waiting for a call, which would be from her love, and never received it. In addition, the voice felt far away from her lover.

In the fourth stanza, the writer introduces the sky, which is represented as a spiritual voice. This voice was more familiar than love itself. “You have what you desire”. In this quotation, we can see that the sky tells the desperate woman that she doesn´t need love, that nature is what she truly needs and wishes. After this, the sky speaks to the voice and makes her see the world in a different way. She forgets all of the sadness inside her, and realises that she only needs what it’s outside, the stars, the seas, clouds and winds, the thing which she had grew up with and what she has always been surrounded by, nature. Here is a quotation of her connection to nature: “This your nature is”. The quotation is proving that the woman and nature are very connected and they are like one. Then, the sky says: “Lift up your heart again without fear. Sleep in the tomb, or breathe the living air”, so the sky gives two options. The first one: Keep the same feeling sad. Second one: Leave the idea that love is everything she has, and go on with her life. She realises that she doesn’t need her boyfriend that she has been waiting for to call her, taking away her passion to write. So, she leaves behind her boyfriend and keeps nature inside, now her emotional war has finished.

In conclusion, nature is an essential factor in this poem because the writer expresses her feelings about love through her love for it. The sky, which is the spiritual voice, is one of the elements that represents nature.

Tomás Braun, Álvaro Ballesteros and Martín Ananía

Passion by Kathleen Raine

In Kathleen Raine’s life, many things happened to her which influenced in her life, and also in her writing:

-She lived during the first world war and the second world war
-She studied natural sciences in Cambridge. There, she met her future friends.
-She have married three men
Her poem which is called passion is the one we are reading with Pat in literature. The word “passion” itself means “a very strong feeling”. A synonym for it is adoration, which means strong feeling or love.

-Forsake:to abandon

The Clod and The Pebble

On friday with Pato, we saw a poem by William Blake called “The Clod and The Pebble”. It was about a Clod of clay that said that love searchs help the other one and it was all about the other person. However, there was a Pebble that said that love was selfish and it was all about yourself.

The poem as a song click here

This symbolizes Innocence and experience because the clod of clay had no experience, first because the material itself hasn´t to much years to be created, and about love,  it thought about how love could be because, as it´s a new material, it didn´t had the experience to know it. But about the pebble, as it has lots of years, he had the experience to know how it feels to have a love.

In my opinion, they are both correct because in both cases it not always happens only that, they are like mixed.


-seeketh:search                                             The author of this poem, William Blake, belonged
-hath (old english):had                                to the Romantic Period. Down here, i´m going
-brook:stream                                                to put five important characteristics about this
-trodden:                                                         period:
-warbled:sing waveringly                            -Imagination:
-joys:delight                                                   -Symbolism
-delight:pleasure                                           -Nature
-bind:tie                                                          -Individualism
-ease:lock of difficulty                                  -Emotions

                      The author of this poem, William Blake, belonged to the Romantic Period. Down here, i´m going to put five important characteristics about this period:

-Supernatural: something that is out of the common or impossible. Something that is beyond reality: “So sung a little Clod of Clay”

-Nature:It takes you out of the urban life and usually poets use personification for this: ” But a Pebble of the brook warbled out this meters meet”

-Passion: Is the craving love you have for something:”Love seeketh not itself to please”

-Emotions: the way the author express his feelings through words:

“Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.”

-Symbolism:Words that represent feelings or different things:”And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair”