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who wrote the poem loves philosophy

Percy Bysshe shelley


what type of poet was Percy Bysshe shelley

a romantic poet


what happened to Shelley whilst he was in university

He was expelled from Oxford university


why was shelley expelled from oxford university

he was expelled for his writing, he often wrote in favour of atheism and therefore going against religion which was vastly important at the time - atheism was controversial


why does shelleys poem love's philosophy link to romanticism

-embracing of the natural world_personification of nature
-a love of the supernatural
-use of ordinary every day language("heaven"-religion was important in society - common)


is the poem love's philosophy innocent

although the poem may seem innocent with language such as "kiss" "mingle" and "mix" the poem could also be looked at as that it is about a man persuading his lover to engage in sexual activity with him


love's philosophy as a lyric poem

-raw emotions - no developing storyline.
however despite maybe being a lyric poem it may not be about shelleys personal emotions. Shelley was a profoundly antireligious man- loves philosophy has religious imagery "heaven". therefore the speaker in the poem may not be him > shelley may of used the religious imagery to help people in society(who strongly valued religion at the time) to relate to the poem. He could also be using religious imagery in order to help persuade the woman he is longing after to be physical with him making him a disingenuous man.


loves philosophy as a dramatic monologue

loves philosophy could also be presented as a dramatic monologue - shelley could take on a role of a character in this poem. the speaker appears to be a frustrated male


why does shelley include rhetorical questions in loves philosophy

the speaker is talking directly to someone who is a silent listener, this is particularly effective in making the speaker seem controlling and demanding as it shows no consideration for the womans feelings or response


what order to both stanzas follow in the poem loves philosophy

- five assertions about nature(that appear as fact)
-followed by a rhetorical question
the repetitive structure of this emphasises the repetitive demands of the speaker trying to persuade the woman


Key quote for loves philosophy

"The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
with a sweet emotion:"


"the fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
with a sweet emotion"

natural imagery- shows shelleys love that love is natural
the personification of nature being united and unified to create a bigger picture- symbolises love is the bigger picture
-the flowing of the water has sexual connotations
-alternating feminine , masculine rhyme scheme male then female then male then female (m.f.m.f)


why is "mingle" repeated twice in the poem

repetition of "mingle" connotes to ideas of closeness and love . also appears light hearted and fun which contrasts to the domineering male he is presented as in words such as "clasps". Could be a more light hearted way of the male persuing the woman and persuading her?


how is the imagery different in the first stanza vs the second stanza in loves philosophy

in the first stanza natural earth imagery is used such as water whereas it progresses t celestial imagery in the second stanza
-as the speaker is growing more desperate for the woman he is longing for he uses more impressive imagery
WIDENING SCOPE OF IMAGERY - reflects the speakers desperation and longing for the woman increasingly become more powerful. This occurs in order to persuade her.


how does the verb usage change between the two stanzas in loves philosophy

the verbs become more intense between stanza 1 and stanza 2
stanza 1 - "mix" "Mingle" - these words a re gent;e- blending together
stanza 2 - "clasp" "kiss"- more intimate and gripping tightly shows complete desperation and reliance as he continues to try and persuade her and he appears to be getting more frustrated.


what is the rhyme scheme like in this poem

the poem has a combination of masculine and feminine rhyme


what is masculine rhyme

masculine rhyme is when the rhyme is on the final syllable of two rhyming words


what is feminine rhyme

feminine rhyme is an unstressed syllable two syllable rhyme is followed by another unstressed syllable rhyme


why does shelley use a combination of masculine and feminine rhyme in loves philosophy

the combination of masculine and feminine rhyme symbolises the mingling of him and the woman and how he wants them to be together. as the rhymes mingle so should they- more persuasion


examples of personification shelley uses in loves philosophy

"mountains kiss high heaven"
"Fountains mingle with the river"


why does shelley use personification of nature

personification of nature draws a parallel to how whats happening in nature should be happening between him and the woman. - shows desperation and urgency as he tries to persuade her


why does shelley use half rhyme in loves philosophy

to show he feels incomplete


why does shelley use abab rhyme scheme

to show he feels isolated from her


why does shelley use a cyclical structure

Shelley starts the poem with water imagery "river" and ends with it as well - cyclical structure shows natural cycle of love