Essay Question: Explore how the writer of “Passion” uses nature to express how she feels about love.
In the poem “Passion” by Kathleen Raine the different feelings that she has are compared with nature.The tone of the poem at the beginning is depressiving and melancholic since she felt heartbroken, although as the poem goes on, she uses nature to change the tone and talk about love in a more positive and cheerful way.In this essay how she expressed love will be shown.
To start with, in the first stanza the author shows the chaos and turbulence she felt on her inside “Each tree possessing what my soul lacked, tranquillity” contrasting it with the peaceful and beautiful nature. Moreover as the poem continues, she expresses sorrowfully the way in which she felt abandoned by the person she used to love. She was so weak that she couldn’t even do a basic action such as speak or write “The language I knew best, my human speech, forsook my fingers…” this quote shows that because of her depression she wasn’t able to do normal things like talking.
In stanza 4 the tone of the poem changes remarkably. “Then the sky spoke to me in language clear…” here she shows that she has realized something that she hadn’t thought before because she was too busy being depressed with her life. And in the next line “The sky said to my soul, you have what you desire” she realizes that she always had what she wanted,that she was nature and she loved herself, and that nature loved her.Raine uses personification to show this, she says that the sky talked to her. Also she realizes that even if sometimes bad things happen and you suffer a lot, good things will come, you won’t suffer anymore.
To conclude, the poem Passion changes of tone all throughout the poem, and Raine uses nature to talk about the different feelings that she has.
By: Sol Santayana and Ines Galmarini Senior 1 and Senior 2 13/05/2016