True Love Defined
A dictionary defines true love as mutual devotion between two people who show unselfish concern for the good of another (Merriam). However, the dictionary does not explain how true love is rare, and the affects it has on others. Wislawa Szymborska expresses a negative opinion towards love and lovers in her poem “True Love,” by explaining what it is like for those who have not experienced true love.
In her poem, Szymborska uses stanzas, each containing different amounts of lines and words, to help convey her opinion on true love throughout her poem. The first stanza has four lines, which helps set up the theme for the rest of the poem. Szymborska starts the poem with questions about true love, asking if it is normal, serious and practical. The questions are intended to make the reader think about true love and what it really is. Szybroska’s discouraging feelings towards love is shown through her word choice in the questions she posed. The first word, normal, exhibits confusion in the speaker of the poem. The words serious and practical also demonstrate a feeling of confusion. The confusion Symborska display represents the confusion many lovers have throughout an entire relationship. Syzmborska i
Stanza seven, which contains six lines, asks if love is necessary. Her negative opinion of love is shown through a jealous tone the author illustrates. She expresses a feeling of hopelessness in love, which many who have not experienced love express also. The very last line of the poem explains how lovers need to keep their own faith in love to themselves and enjoy it, because those not in love are being damaged by it. The second question in her poem is what the world gets from two people who exist in their own world. By asking this question, Szymborska begins to open the readers mind to think about why true love is necessary. Some lovers develop holidays of their own, such as the first time they kissed, and celebrate it. Love is a reward to some people, but the reward is often not deserved. In the fifth stanza of Szyborska"tms poem, eight lines represent what it is like for people not in love. Szymborska defines true love as something rare, something that affects all people, and something that doesn"tmt need to be taken for granted. The poem even asks if they can try to hide it. She is also saying how lovers should respect the people not in love and let them say that true love does not exist. The last few stanzas of the poem also represent Szymborska"tms feelings toward love. The tone of the question is negative towards love, but has a positive impact on the reader. The following lines in the stanza act as an answer to that question.