Treasure Island

Andrew Marvell

(31 March 1621 – 16 August 1678 / Yorkshire, England)

The Definition Of Love


My Love is of a birth as rare
As 'tis for object strange and high:
It was begotten by despair
Upon Impossibility.

Magnanimous Despair alone.
Could show me so divine a thing,
Where feeble Hope could ne'r have flown
But vainly flapt its Tinsel Wing.

And yet I quickly might arrive
Where my extended Soul is fixt,
But Fate does Iron wedges drive,
And alwaies crouds it self betwixt.

For Fate with jealous Eye does see.
Two perfect Loves; nor lets them close:
Their union would her ruine be,
And her Tyrannick pow'r depose.

And therefore her Decrees of Steel
Us as the distant Poles have plac'd,
(Though Loves whole World on us doth wheel)
Not by themselves to be embrac'd.

Unless the giddy Heaven fall,
And Earth some new Convulsion tear;
And, us to joyn, the World should all
Be cramp'd into a Planisphere.

As Lines so Loves Oblique may well
Themselves in every Angle greet:
But ours so truly Paralel,
Though infinite can never meet.

Therefore the Love which us doth bind,
But Fate so enviously debarrs,
Is the Conjunction of the Mind,
And Opposition of the Stars.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: fate, despair, birth, world, heaven, hope, alone, star

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Definition Of Love by Andrew Marvell )

Enter the verification code :

  • Vincent Coster (6/17/2014 4:57:00 PM)

    This poem strikes me because of the fact that it is about a love that can never happen. Here the poet is lamenting the fact that he is unable to enjoy the love he carries in his heart. It is a theme that I too would love to tackle. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. My Mother..., Taimane Fanene
  2. Ignoring Seasons, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. Ephemera, Ian Nicholas McDowell
  4. Seeing light in Darkness, Aziz Akrish
  5. Mother! will I not be the saffron spot o.., Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  6. A Virtual Life, Sandra Feldman
  7. Never Ending Dreams, Lilly Emery
  8. My Soul's Song, Matthew Densley
  9. No love, Barbara Dixion
  10. Music Is Life, Ray Hansell

Poem of the Day

poet Geoffrey Chaucer

The firste stock-father of gentleness,
What man desireth gentle for to be,
Must follow his trace, and all his wittes dress,
Virtue to love, and vices for to flee;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]