A Farewell to False Love
a poem by Sir Walter Raleigh
A Farewell to False Love
Farewell false love, the oracle of lies,
A mortal foe and enemy to rest,
An envious boy, from whom all cares arise,
A bastard vile, a beast with rage possessed,
A way of error, a temple full of treason,
In all effects contrary unto reason.
A poisoned serpent covered all with flowers,
Mother of sighs, and murderer of repose,
A sea of sorrows whence are drawn such showers
As moisture lend to every grief that grows;
A school of guile, a net of deep deceit,
A gilded hook that holds a poisoned bait.
A fortress foiled, which reason did defend,
A siren song, a fever of the mind,
A maze wherein affection finds no end,
A raging cloud that runs before the wind,
A substance like the shadow of the sun,
A goal of grief for which the wisest run.
A quenchless fire, a nurse of trembling fear,
A path that leads to peril and mishap,
A true retreat of sorrow and despair,
An idle boy that sleeps in pleasure’s lap,
A deep mistrust of that which certain seems,
A hope of that which reason doubtful deems.
Sith* then thy trains my younger years betrayed,[since]
And for my faith ingratitude I find;
And sith repentance hath my wrongs bewrayed*,[revealed]
Whose course was ever contrary to kind*:[nature]
False love, desire, and beauty frail, adieu.
Dead is the root whence all these fancies grew.
*Vertical Measure –six lines (sestet)
*Horizontal Measure –nine syllables (Nona syllabic)
*Iamb (foot with an unstressed syllable)
*Perfect Rhyme –Beast and Rest, Treason and Reason, Flowers and Showers, Vile and Guile, *Approximate Rhyme –Deceit and Bait, Defend and End, Mind and Wind, Sun and Run, Mishap and Lap, Seems and Deems, Find and Kind Imagery
*Auditory Imagery –siren song
*Tactile Imagery –moisture
*Kinesthetic Imagery –wisest run
*Thermal Imagery –quenchless fire
Fire brings of destruction, the symbolism of chaos and war. Fire burns everything, bringing nothing but ruin.
Love is an emotion of a strong affection and personal attachment. Love is also said to be a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection —”the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”. Love may describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self or animals. Love refers to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from pleasure (“I loved that meal”) to interpersonal attraction (“I love my partner”). “Love” may refer specifically to the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love, to the sexual love of Eros, to the emotional closeness of familial love, to the platonic love that defines friendship, or to the profound oneness or devotion of religious love, or to a concept of love that encompasses all of those feelings. This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, compared to other emotional states. Love is very powerful but it can be disaster if lies came. If you will enter a relationship, you must be sure of taking it. No other chances if you break it. But I’m sure pain heals in right time.