“The Power Of Love”: Love In “Of The Aegean”

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In “Of the Aegean,” Odysseus Elytis suggests that a person’s companion in real life cannot match the way the person feels in dreams. When the speaker begins by saying, “Eros,” it establishes the dream-like stage of the poem (l. 1). Eros is part of four Greek words that specify a category of affection (Lewis 108); Eros is a type of intimate love (“Eros”). However, that is not the only meaning. Eros is also known as the son of Aphrodite and more commonly by his Roman name: Cupid (“Eros”). Mythology is now thought of as fantasy, and the thing people dream about. Therefore, just by using this word, the speaker creates a sense of illusion. As the poem progresses, the speaker observes, “And the ...view middle of the document...

Then the speaker says ‘wettest rock,’ leading one to assume she is on a rock that is the furthest into the sea. The ‘betrothed’ is waiting for ‘a ship.’ Since this comes directly after the stanza about the sailor, it seems she is waiting for him. The engaged women seems to miss him, so she thinks about their past. The problem is their history seems better than it actually was. The speaker then acknowledges the husband and wife getting together and starting a life with each other: “Speak the dawn with their kisses/ which begins” (ll. 21-22). Since two people must kiss each other when getting married, ‘their kisses’ represent the bond of marriage. By using, ‘begins’ it shows the life they will start together. ‘The dawn’ displays a new beginning for the two people. One see the two people, who have been waiting for each other, and dreaming about one another, starting a new part of their lives. Later on in the poem, the speaker says, “Caresses of hair/ To the carefreeness of its dream” (ll. 31-32). The speaker shows that the two care for one another by using the word caress because they are stroking each other’s hair in affection (“Caresses”). Then, he quickly transitions to a dream and the how it is joyful. By not describing the stroking of hair in the same manner, it appears that these two people would rather enjoy the dream because they are untroubled. Towards the end of the poem, the speaker notes, “Who took the blond sunburnt girl? / The sea breeze…/Tilts the sail of dream” (ll. 44-46). He describes the girl by her features instead of describing her in terms of her wedding, displaying the end of their marriage. In addition, the speaker uses ‘took’ leading one to assume she left her husband. He answers his own question by saying the ‘sea breeze tilts the sail of dream.’ She left because of a dream. In the beginning, they waited for each other because of their fantasies, and the way they felt in their thoughts, but the author describes both of their dreams as distorted. Their dreams made the life they remembered even better, and in the...

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