A song (Absent from thee) Satirical poem - Coggle Diagram
A song (Absent from thee) Satirical poem
"Absent from thee I languish still;"
Anastrophe emphasis put on him being away from his lover and he goes on to contend that this is the reason for his inner turmoil.
"languish" the speaker is lovesick and it is like a disease.This links to later references to death which Wilmot uses to comment on the hyperbolic language used by romantic poets
"To wish all Day, all Night to Mourn".
There is the use of Chiasmus- the poet is putting on one elegant poet voice to deliever his insincere message of love
"Mourn" is associated with morning and mourning his lover because of their separation so quite a playful tone.
"The torments it deserves to try,"
Sexual and religious connotations: hell and religious punishment and sexual torment (maybe prostitutes) keeping him from her
Self-punishment is a value system upheld by both Christian mysticism and bondage parlours.
"To thy safe bosom I retire,"
"bosom" a women's chest/ romantic way to describe someones heart/ deepest feelings
return to his woman and to God where he finds comfort. He assumes both will be waiting for him.
"Where love, and peace, and truth does flow,"
Triplet- gentle sounding and wishful through the use of syndetic rhythm.
polysyndeton: he is contradicting his points the use of positive nouns exemplifies his needs being deserving despite not fully committing with the lover.
"Lest, once more wandering from that heaven,
religious imagery of heaven shows the speaker in a peaceful state "wandering". However, this implies his inability to be truly happy as he is always looking for more than he has, he will always want sexual relations with other women.
"I fall on some base heart unblest"
When he is away from his love and God, he loses faith and succumbs to temptation. "Base" suggests he is drawn to prostitutes, a contrast to "safe bosom" in the earlier stanza
"Faithless to thee, false, unforgiven-"
Fears his behavior will damn him forever- a prediction of his death. he also suggests that if his woman does not take him back, she will also be to blame for his eternal damnation.
the use of figurative