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"I Said To Love"

Rating: 3.2

I said to Love,
"It is not now as in old days
When men adored thee and thy ways
   All else above;
Named thee the Boy, the Bright, the One
Who spread a heaven beneath the sun,"
   I said to Love.

   I said to him,
"We now know more of thee than then;

We were but weak in judgment when,
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Michael Pruchnicki 12 January 2010

'Apostrophe to Eros' might well sum up Hardy's use of personification and rhythm to stress that irony is not necessary nor is 'a temporary personal setback' the sole motivation for the poem's creation. The speaker is NOT Thomas Hardy, but is the persona through whom he speaks. Why not read and appreciate Hardy's skill in writing such a poem that expresses a universal human condition? The opening stanza alludes to the ancient myth of Cupid, always depicted as a boy with bow and arrow who released arrows of love that 'spread a heaven beneath the sun'! Second stanza cautions Eros that nowadays we earthlings know better than to surrender to your wiles. We were babes in arms then! Look at us today, all full of irony! Third stanza cites the imposter who disguises himself as a gentle boy to be a monster that tears the heart out of its victims! Final stanza orders the false god who threatens destruction to depart forever - the speaker is too old and cynical (and full of irony) to fall for such guff! So we die! So what!

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Valentin Savin 02 June 2014

Happy birthday, Thomas! I love your poems and in particular this one: We are too old in apathy! Mankind shall cease.- So let it be, I said to Love.

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Joey Valenzuela 12 January 2010

i agree with Kevin.... this is like about a broken hearted Thomas.....and that he hates LOVE....

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Martin Yeboah 12 January 2014

I feel with you old pal! ! ! if u hadn't written this poem, i would have! ! !

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Savita Tyagi 12 January 2014

A Very interesting poem. Poet has definitely grown out of young love. But in his exhaustion the end of love would be the end of Humanity is an idea he is willing to surrender to. May be Test tube babies will save the world for him!

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My shout out goes to the great Thomas Hardy of the ancient for putting out this great work his works are must read. kudos sire.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 October 2021

Rereading this poem is such greatest pleasure. The great Thomas Hardy I know from my study-years

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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 October 2021

But as poems from last era, constantly loveliest end rhymed and rhymes, true profoundly created, beautiful poetic art.5 Full Stars!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 October 2021

True saddest poem, but an amazing Classic Poem Of The Day. This poem the great Thomas Hardy wrote, sets us think deeper about life, our life. How thought-provoking is this poem.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 14 October 2021

A poem of great insight so beautifully crafted and executed.

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