Sentimentality in Love Poetry

I personally enjoy reading poetry because it is different from prose and is often succinct. From the olden times, poetry has been a great source of pleasure because of its spontaneity and its rhetorical beauties. People like to read and write poetry for its amazement of words to express emotions. Some might even say it is the best way to define who you are. Poetry is like a puzzle, creative and challenging but fun to solve. In the Love Poetry handout, one of the most sentimental poems is George Gordan, Lord Byron’s, When We Two Parted. 

In the handout “Melodrama and Sentimentality,” Sentimentality is defined as the ”indulgence of easy emotions” and often involves imagery that is ”vague, flowery and poetic”. (Mr. MacKnight). When We Two Parted demonstrates examples of sentimentality.

The writer is trying to express feelings of sorrow and sympathy throughout the poem. It comprehends the sadness we feel when losing someone or something dear to us. Rhyming schemes are an important observation in determining the sentimentality in poetry. In When We Two Parted, each quatrain has a rhyme scheme of ABAB CDCD, which also produces a ”sing-song” effect.

“In silence and tears, / Half broken hearted” (II 2-3). The writer is trying to create a sorrowful and vague image for the readers. These are emotions similar to the ones created in “Thy vows are all broken” (I-13). “In secret we met- / In silence I grieve,” (II 25-26). “How should I greet thee?– / With silence and tears.” (II 31-32). The author describes the feeling of hard times, pain and depression one goes through after a rough break up.

The poem speaks for itself and does not require much explanation. It is a poem regarding separation and indulges with the audience’s emotions through vague imagery and poetic rhythms. When We Two Apart is a magnificent and transparent poem. The audiences can understand and empathize with it.