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“Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part”
Table of contents:
Lyrical speech situation. 2
General Structure. 3
Rhetorical Figures on the Syntactical Level3
Semantic Structure. 4
Argumentative structure. 5
The poem “Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part” by Michael Drayton is an English sonnet and was written during the Elizabethan Era, which is often considered to be golden age in English history ₁. The poem describes the thin line between love and hate and it discusses the end of a relationship and its possible recovery.
Lyrical speech situation
In Michael Drayton’s poem “Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part” the lyric I is characterized by an explicit subjectivity, who is almost certainly a man who just breaks up with a relationship and who is confident that he is ready for this end. Drayton uses a different voice in each part of the poem.
In the first part of the poem, which includes lines 1 to 8, the author leads the reader in and the speaker directly addresses a lyrical thou, who is obviously the ex-partner of the relationship.
In the next section, line 9 to 12, a third person voice is used which personifies Love and the three aspects of it: Passion, Faith and Innocence.
And in the last part of the poem, the poet is now the narrator, which is shown through the use of the 2nd person voice.
The theme of this poem is the breaking-up with a relationship and it shows the thin line between love and hate. It also illustrates the death of Love and the lost of Passion, Faith and Innocence which draw out the feelings that are related with the ending of a relationship.
At the beginning of the poem the speaker seems as he is in control of his feelings but towards the end of the poem this seems not to be true. The last two lines show that it is only the woman who ca.....[read full text]
situation but towards the end of the poem it becomes clear that this is not true. There is a slight sign that the speaker does not mean to part forever because he says “And when we meet at any time again” (6) indicates that he is not so sure.
It’s really interesting that Love and his fellows Passion, Faith and Innocence are personified and at the end it turns out that only the woman can save the relationship.
The poem can also be seen as ironically parody of the end of a relationship. The speaker pretends he does not care; but, with one word, the woman can have the man back, which .....