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This Is Love Essay

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The purpose of this essay is to analyse how techniques used in “Leaving Prince Charming Behind” and“This is Love” change my opinion of love. The two poems by Karlo Mila, “Leaving Prince Charming Behind” and “This Is Love” look at love at two different points of views- fairytale and gardening, respectively. Although both poems talk about love, the poem “Leaving Prince Charming behind” compares love to a fairytale whilst the poem “This is Love” relates love to gardening, describing love to be more realistic and practical.In the poem “Leaving Prince Charming Behind”, the use of extended metaphors changed my opinion about ...view middle of the document...

The underlined phrases, “the poison apple” and “not believing in glass slipper redemption” were examples of allusions to other texts. The use of italics, “were so busy believing” and “on your gallant white horse” shows the author’s sarcasm or mockery. I believe that the unusual combinations of font types reflects on her confused state of mind as she is deciding on whether to continue or leave the relationship. The unusual combination of different font types can also be seen as hiccups or obstacles, preventing the poem from flowing smoothly. In the same way, Karlo Mila wants us to know that love is not always smooth; instead, many obstacles and hardships must be endured in order for love to survive. This technique helped me understand that fairytale love does not exist and that everything in the fairytale world is just an act.In the poem “This is Love”, the use of imagery changed my opinion about love. By constantly creating a mental image in our minds, Karlo Mila emphasizes that “love is not a bunch of red roses.” Normally, people have the common misconception that “Roses symbolises love”. Hence, on Valentine’s Day, everyone starts buying a boutique of roses for their loved ones. However, Karlo Mila believes that true love cannot be shown by just a boutique of roses; instead, she believes that “love is / the pruning / the watering / the pruning / the tending.” Karlo Mila believes that even if the roses are “long stemmed / bikini lined / full lipped / red perfect”, these superficial attractiveness will only last a moment. However, by pruning or watering, it shows that the person values this relationship; hence, he will continue to contribute in order to preserve this relationship. The use of imagery...

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