I Find No Peace: poem analysis

What situation is the speaker reflecting on?

The Speaker reflect his feelings about love, and his bad experiences with it.

What metaphors and similes does he use to express his feelings?

“I find no peace, and all my war is done.”

“I burn and freeze like ice”

“Without eyen I see, and without tongue I plain”

How many separate paradoxes are in the poem?

What is the cumulative effect of so many paradoxes?

What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 1-4?

What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 5-8?

Why does the speaker in line 11 declare that hating himself is the consequence of loving another?

In line 11 he indicates that relationship is one dictated by the heart rather than the head,and so he declare hating himself in consequence of loving another because  he is prepared to put himself in danger by loving another. He must not care about himself to leave him destroyed for loving another.

Why is it ironic that his “delight” is the “causer of this strife”?

Because if we anylise the meaning of both words we realized that they contradict itself.

Delight: Pleasure, joy

Strife: conflict, struggle

So is Ironic because delight or pleasure is a cause of enjoyment not of strife.

To what extent do you think the paradoxes are an accurate expression of the feelings of a person in love, particularly in light of the fact that in the 16th century the completely free and unchaperoned meetings of lovers were not easily arranged?


To what extent do the paradoxes capture the agonies of the speaker?


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