Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Love Calls Us to the Things of This World

Explain what is happening to the speaker in “Love Calls Us.” What moment or event is he trying to capture? (See the second line of stanza 4—a metaphorical description of what?)

In “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World,” Richard Wilbur uses “angels” to represent the pleasant dreaminess upon waking up from sleep and or a dream. He seems annoyed at the fact that this dreaminess will soon fade and the actions that joy that could been had, even in mundane actions such as laundry, will soon be gone.

What clues in stanzas 2, 3, & 4 tell us what the “angels” are? How are they related to the title of the poem?

My classmates have given several responses to what exactly the “Angels” are. Honestly I am a bit confused, but I will attempt to convey my thoughts! First since the title mentions “love” yet “love” is never actually discussed within the poem I think it is plausible to assume that the angels have something to do with love. Thus we could consider the “rape of every blessed day” as the taking away of the “love of life” (or the angels) in the everyday details.

Love has the power to "draw us to the things of this world" and to live/do those things with the joyful "angels" of life. Yet we often choose to let go of them and create "dark habits" and unhappy atmospheres.

What do you think? Feel free to contradict, correct, or add thoughts!