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Analysis Of &Quot;Dark Swallows Will&Quot;

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Autor:  anton  16 December 2010
Tags:  Analysis,  Swallows
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I chose the poem “Dark swallows will” by Gustavo A. Becquer for this project. The reason I chose it is because I’ve read a lot of other poems by Bequer and have liked them. His ideas about poetry and love are idealistics; he thinks that love and poetry are like dreams that have a definite shape, a shape that is not satisfactory for him. So when I read this poem, the idea of that god – like love called my attention and I found it interesting to analyze it and to find the real message. The theme of love is always associated with poetry, but in this poem we’ll find the theme of love as something that “will not return”.

The poem opens up with an image of spring and mating. The dark swallows celebrate their mating, which points the starting point of spring. They hang their nests in sign of the attraction of the genders. The swallows – in Spain - are messengers of love; they rap playfully on the window celebrating the beginning of the love of a human couple.

The future of the mating of the swallows is predictable because, the speaker says, “dark swallows will return to hang their nests” and the lady of the balcony will witness it through her windows. These are the swallows that “contemplate her beauty and his happiness. These birds new the lover’s name; like if they were tender pets that enjoy the love of the couple.

Becquer uses the future tense to cancel the possibility of the swallows going to visit the balcony. The lady will be witness of the swallows mating – any swallow. But those that represent the love that the speaker feels for the lady, “ those… will not return.” This second stanza eliminates that promise of living happily ever after and places instead that fallible love. And by using alliteration the speaker gives the reader an image of flowing of feelings. The sound of /w/ is very calming.

The dense honeysuckles act the same as the swallows. The poet that is in love admits that the nature is indifferent to his passion and feelings. The honeysuckles “will open their flowers.” But those that are related to the relationship of the lovers…”will not return.” Becquer admits that nature is a cycle; the flowers will still grow no matter what. The honeysuckles will climb the walls of the garden “ but those full of drop of dew” which symbolize the pure, innocent, and fresh love, “will not return.”

Better said, those swallows and honeysuckles existed only because of that romance that just ended. And when the poet uses the simile “…drops of dew… like tears of the day,” it also symbolizes the ending of the love affair.

In the fifth stanza Becquer extends the time to the human emotions. He says that words of love will return and that in fact they will sound in the ear of the woman he loved. The ardent words will awaken her and even generate new feelings. But the speaker convinces us that the kind of love he gave her lover is beyond the cycle of nature and even her emotions and feeling. And by using the anaphora “by those”, the writer help us to understand the condition that his love is beyond that cycle. In fact, the sixth stanza warns the lady not to fool herself because the love the speaker felt for her is not ruled by the temporary cycles that rule the nature. His love was idolatry. It’s beyond nature. The repetition “those…will not return” that the poet uses in almost all the stanzas helps to support this idea.

In conclusion, the poem points the inevitable cycle of natural and emotional events and the power that love has to go beyond that cycle. This is why the speaker assures that the way he has loved is something that can’t be repeated. The simile used here is perfect to illustrate the god–like love he had for her; it was not something fleeting but the purest of worships. So the lady can’t have the wrong conclusion that as everything is a cycle, the love that the speaker felt for her will repeat too. The last line of the last stanza makes this a truth, “no one will love you like that!” Becquer makes his sentence of unrepeated love by using the refrain “will not return.”

It’s true that history and our daily lives are full of impossible loves; and that many of them are held by the illusion of the ideal love.

Finally, this poem has helped me learn more about poetry because it showed me that we can’t just read the poem and expect to understand it. We need to find the connotative meaning – the analyzed meaning using inferences – in order to see how great a poem can be. It also took out of my mind the wrong idea of poetry being boring. This project made me realize that one word can mean a thousand words; it just depends on how we use it.

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