LOVE AFTER LOVE ANALYSIS

Analysed Love after Love by Derek Walcott, poems from different cultures.

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Love after love is based on finding your identity, and LOVING yourself. It's very
optimistic.
The poem is structured very clearly into 4 stanzas. This is how the poet wants you to
feel, he wants you to clear your mind of stress and be free of bother and worry.
In the first stanza the repetition of `'will'' is very reassuring and makes the reader feel
secure and confident. `'and each will smile at each others welcome'' ­ This line tells the
reader to be happy with themselves. This is pretty much the poem in one, to love
yourself.
The poet uses a lot of punctuation which slows the rhythm down, this makes the
poem feel very peaceful and calming which is similar to a self help book.
In the second stanza there is direct reference to Religious celebration. This reminds us
of Gods eternal love for us, and encourages us to have the same love for ourselves.
The use of enjambment in the 3rd stanza makes the poem flow even more, which
again reinforces the calming atmosphere of the poem.
There is also a lot of reference to celebration like `'feast'' which shows how we should
celebrate and love life for what it is.

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