I hope you have enjoyed 'Our Love Now'. It is an interestingly structured poem about a rift in a relationship. Whilst the (presumably) male speaker feels that this rift can be mended, the female disagrees and believes that their love is damaged permanently. This poem can be read however you want: in two columns, or left to right, like a call and response.
Just as there has been a rift created in the relationship, (presumably by an argument, or something more serious) the gap on the page between the man and the woman's words reflects this. Furthermore, if you look at the shape of the stanzas, his words trail towards hers, as if they're reaching out, whereas hers form a blunt line against his, as if she's turning her back on him. Interesting stuff!
For your homework, please answer one of the following questions about the poem 'Our Love Now'. To leave a comment, click on X Comments at the bottom and then type your message into the box.
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- What does the word 'breach' mean? It has a few definitions. Explain how three of these can be applied to the couple's situation.
- Can you pick out any persuasive techniques which the man uses? Name at least two and explain what they show about the speaker.
- The woman offers a counter-argument to the man. What does she do to make herself sound reasonable and like she has thought out her decision thoroughly?
- What are the four metaphors that the man uses to describe their falling out? Explain the effect of each on the reader.
- The woman repeats "such is our love now" at the end of each stanza, except the last. What is the effect of this?
- Pick out any language the woman uses which suggests permanence and explain its effect.
Again, if you are wanting to study A-Level English Lit, it will help you if you refer to the points of others in your response.