Swinburne, A Match

This is a lovely and beautiful love poem. It has very interesting use of similes with each stanza standing alone and cohesive with two analogies. For example, in the first stanza compares love to a rose and himself to a leaf. Together, Swinburne create the analogy of the two parts of the rose flower. Similarly in the third stanza, Swinburne compares the object of his affection to life and himself to death. In interpreting this stanza, it is important to point out that his analogy depends on the two intertwined things, much like the narrator and his love. In particular, life and death him forever intertwined as one because life would not be a sweet without the prospect and the eventual possibility of death. In other words, life was without death just like that would be without stability of life.

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