"Ouch, it hurts!" Poetry Assignment

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“Ouch, it hurts!” Poetry Assignment

Read the following poems about people dealing with heartache and listen to Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. In the first poem, Dickinson deals with this by separating her intellect from her heart and speaking to both as an outsider, asking them to hurry up and forget the warmth (heart) and the (light) intellect/wit, lest she remembers him and suffers longer. In the second one, Spenser mourns that his lover turned ice cold on him and that his intense heat (fire) for her is not melting her or having an effect at all and that her “ice” only intensifies his “fire.” He concludes that love defies the laws of nature. In the song, Roger Waters laments his lost love and tries to console himself with the idea that both lovers are now suffering and living their lives aimlessly. Feel how the music adds to the heartache.

Heart, we will forget him! By Emily Dickinson

Heart, we will forget him!

You an I, tonight!
You may forget the warmth he gave,
I will forget the light.

When you have done, pray tell me

That I my thoughts may dim;
Haste! lest while you're lagging.
I may remember him!
Sonnet 30 by Edmund Spenser

My love is like to ice, and I to fire:
how comes it then that this her cold so great
is not dissolv'd through my so hot desire,
but harder grows, the more I her entreat?

Or how comes it that my exceeding heat
is not delayed by her heart frozen cold,
but that I burn much more in boiling sweat,
and feel my flames augmented manifold?

What more miraculous thing may be told
that fire, which all thing melts, should harden ice:
and ice which is congealed with senseless cold,
should kindle fire by wonderful device?

Such is the pow'r of love in gentle mind
that it can alter all the course of kind.

Wish You Were Here (Roger Waters -- Pink Floyd)

So, so you think you can tell

Heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade

Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here

We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
And how we found
The same old fears
Wish you were here

Write a two to three-paragraph letter to someone who has suffered heartache. What would you write to console him/her? Would you urge him/her to get over the heartache? Use examples and make reference to the three poems. Offer clear, practical advice. MLA, double space.
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