Reviews: Boakye D. Alpha on “SHE” by Fab_du_solvic

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A lot of definitions, connotations and whatnot come up whenever the question, “What is love” is asked. 

 

Many say love is the most powerful emotion a human being can experience. Others say it is a complex set of emotions while many also characterize it as an intense feeling of deep affection for someone.

 

There are many others who do not believe in love and ask questions like, “If love was real, why was it so difficult to find?”

 

Well, whether love does exist or not is something we can’t talk about today but what we can definitely talk about is what poet Fab_du_solvic’s  poem, SHE,  enlightens us about love through carefully crafted words of poetry. 

 

Let’s find out. 

 

Subject Matter: 

The poem, SHE, is one that resonated deeply in me when I read. The poem talks about a “she” who is clearly a human being, the love interest of the persona if you will, but how the persona talks about this “she” and describes her and the effect of her presence to the persona make me want to believe the poem could be placed under metaphysical poetry. For if not all the features, some of the features of metaphysical poetry are very evident in the poem — conceit, allusion, paradox, irony etc. These would be looked at further under “Literary techniques”. 

 

The poem starts on a very direct note where the persona opens his arms wide for the ‘she’.

 

Into my wide arms she fell (Stanza 1, line 1)

 

Now, this sets the tone of what was to follow in the poem — the expression of love that is out of this world, the shared affection of lovers and what it feels to have someone you yearn for. 

 

A feeling of heaven on earth / I looked into her eyes / For they are dove’s. / Epistle of affection I could see / Sparkling through her pupil / As they dilate in small doses.   (Stanza 1, lines 2 to 7)

 

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Themes:

The themes in this poem are not hard to miss. 

Since it has been established that the poem talks about love, identifying themes of the poems weren’t hard. The very obvious question to ask after identifying that ‘love’ is the subject matter is, ” What does the poem say about love?”

 

Now here a few of those I identified. 

 

>> 1. “The power of “love” is not to be taken lightly”.

This is inferred from “stanza 3, lines 6 and 7”,

 

I can sight the paradise / For there she took me

 

Just by being with the lover, the persona could see ” paradise”. 

 

Also, “stanza 4, line 6”

 

I am broken, mend me with love

 

The persona’s love interest believes it is only through love that she could be made whole or fixed. 

 

>> 2. You can’t love someone when you’re broken

This theme is explored in “stanza 5, lines 1 to 3” 

 

But, / How can a broken piece / Mend a broken piece?

 

Here, the persona answers to the previous plea of the lover to “mend” her with love. Quite shocking, the persona seems to be broken probably from a previous relationship that makes him question his ability to “mend” the lover. Mind you, the lover asked to be mended with love so if the persona thinks he can’t “mend” the lover, then he wants to say he cannot or is afraid to love to the extent of “mending” another when he is obviously broken. 

 

Language and Diction:

The diction (choice of words) of the poet fits perfectly into the subject matter of the poem. They weren’t too complex nor were they too simple. They were just alright for the poem.

 

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What is the literary importance of the poet going for this language type and diction?

 

There is a message about love that the poet wants to put out there. Already, the subject, love, is one that is full of controversies and people are still trying to understand the concept of love. So using a complicated/complex/sophisticated language would have rendered the poem as one of the many additions to the complexities of love.

 

Literary techniques: 

 

Under this, I will just go into the basic elements of “metaphysical poetry” as I have boldly given that categorization to the poem.

 

What are the elements of metaphysical poetry? 

 

>> 1. There is almost always a distinct “naturalness and directness” of language: As I mentioned earlier, you could see from the poem that the poet didn’t try to use some sort of “roundabouts” to project the message of the poem but rather, went about it with a certain directness. And the poem feels natural, the words feel natural and they beat life. 

 

>> 2. Use of hyperbole: We all know hyperbole as using an exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech.

 

Throughout the poem, there were a number of hyperboles one could see. 

 

Here are some examples:

 

A feeling of heaven on earth

(Stanza 1, line 2)

 

My heart spoke words of the angels

(Stanza 2, line 3)

 

My brain bounced miles in a second 

(Stanza 3, line 5)

 

I can sight the paradise

(Stanza 3, line 6)

 

But her voice isn’t of this planet 

(Stanza 4, line 3)

 

>> 3. Use of allusion:

The poet alluded to certain elements in the poem, most of which are biblical allusion.

 

Example:  

A feeling of heaven on earth

(Stanza 1, line 2)

 

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I can sight the paradise

(Stanza 3 line 6)

 

Here, the poet alluded to “heaven” and “paradise” as found in the Bible.

 

They sing psalms of passion 

(Stanza 2, line 4)

 

Here, the poet alluded to the “psalms” as found in the Bible.

 

>> 4. Metaphysical poets’ subject matter is usually philosophical or divine (out of the world):

The subject of love is one that is philosophical and so exploring such a subject and with the themes highlighted makes one poem a perfect fit for philosophical subjects. 

 

>>5. Irony:

The very last stanza of this poem makes good use of irony. Its effect is great and is felt even when you are done with the poem. You are taken through four stanzas of what could be a perfect love story only to get the last stanza to find the persona questioning his ability to love or use love to fix the lover when he was broken himself. It was quite unexpected!

 

Other literary devices include:

*Metaphors

*Similes

*Dialogues

*Rhetorical questions etc.

 

Structure and form: 

 

The poem has five (5) uneven stanzas. The first three stanzas follow a pattern of seven (7) lines per stanza then the fourth stanza comes with six (6) lines making way for the last stanza with three (3) lines. 

 

There are no rhyming schemes found in the poem. 

 

Conclusion:

To conclude, I love the poem and enjoyed every bit of its philosophical ride of what could be a perfect love story. Didn’t see any technical errors I would want to point out. I applaud the work of the poem. This is a great poem. Great work. Congratulations.

 


Review by:

Boakye D. Alpha

Published Author, Poet, Screenwriter, 

Editor, Proofreader, Blogger, Motivational speaker, Student journalist and Entrepreneur.

 

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