I Love You

I Love You

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I love your lips when they’re wet with wine
And red with a wild desire;
I love your eyes when the lovelight lies
Lit with a passionate fire.
I love your arms when the warm white flesh
Touches mine in a fond embrace;
I love your hair when the strands enmesh
Your kisses against my face.

Not for me the cold, calm kiss
Of a virgin’s bloodless love;
Not for me the saint’s white bliss,
Nor the heart of a spotless dove.
But give me the love that so freely gives
And laughs at the whole world’s blame,
With your body so young and warm in my arms,
It sets my poor heart aflame.

So kiss me sweet with your warm wet mouth,
Still fragrant with ruby wine,
And say with a fervor born of the South
That your body and soul are mine.
Clasp me close in your warm young arms,
While the pale stars shine above,
And we’ll live our whole young lives away
In the joys of a living love.

Literary Analysis

The poem, “I Love You” is one of the romantic poems of Ella Wheeler Wilcox, which are based on a theme of love, happiness and feelings of positivity in the fulfillment of love described in thought- provoking, figurative language and through the effective use of poetic devices.

The inspiration of this poem is the ardent love, fulfillment of joy and happiness of the speaker for her beloved. The title of poem itself suggests the romantic love theme that creates expectations of the fulfillment of love. The subject and tone of the poem is loving, hopeful and fanciful, hence the overall mood is happy and positive. The speaker of the poem is the poetess herself, who expresses her deep love boldly.

The poem opens with a vivid description of love expressed through a literary device ‘anaphora’, which involves the repetition of the first part of sentence to create an artistic effect: “I love your lips when they’re wet with win / I love your eyes when the lovelight”.

The use of figurative language such as in the references to “calm kiss, passionate fire, virgin’s bloodless love, saint’s white bliss” and “heart of a spotless dove” involves the use of metaphors. Here “passionate fire” represents passionate love, “virgin’s bloodless love and calm kiss” means love that is lacking of passion and “heart of spotless dove” means innocence. By using these terms, the poet expresses her sentiments towards the kind of love that she desires.

“Heart of a spotless dove” is personification. This refers to the pure and innocent kind of love that humans feel for their beloved — an attribution of a human characteristic to a dove.
While the style of this poem is romantic and sentimental due to the powerful and plain feelings that are poured into it, the speaker desires to express free love, without any restrictions or fear of the worldly norms as in these lines “But give me the love that so freely gives/And laughs at the whole world’s blame”. In the final stanza, “ruby wine” represents the color of the drink that is red and gives fragrance to the beloved’s mouth, and “pale stars” is used metaphorically — which suggests less importance and that their love shines so bright that the shine of stars look pale and dim or unimportant in comparison. In simple words, the speaker shows her possessiveness for love and desires that this love should stay with them through the end of time.

“And say with a fervor born of the South
That your body and soul are mine”

Structural Analysis

The poem is written in alternating iambic pentameter form with iambic trimeter “I love your lips when they’re wet with wine/ And red with a wild desire”… The poem is organized in stanzas that are interrelated with a major theme of love and compassion.
The diction of the poem is simple and clear to understand. This is a lyric poem characterized by compression, bold expression of feelings and expressed with brevity:

So kiss me sweet with your warm wet mouth,
Still fragrant with ruby wine,
And say with a fervor born of the South
That your body and soul are mine.

The poem contains sixteen lines and is divided into three stanzas with eight-line unit (octave). It contains three octaves with a regular rhyme scheme of ABCBDEDE in the first stanza, ABAB CDCD in the second stanza and BAB CDEC in the final stanza. The poem consists of an end rhyme scheme in which the ending words of the lines rhyme; whereas, there is no internal rhyme. The meter of this poem is regular and rhythmic:

I love your arms when the warm white flesh
Touches mine in a fond embrace;
I love your hair when the strands enmesh
Your kisses against my face.

Guidance for Usage of Quotes

Sometimes the strong feelings of emotions for someone cannot be expressed through simple words that do not satisfy the emotions. Romantic poems like “I Love You” can help express deep emotions perfectly and take a love relationship to a different level of romantic expression.

In everyday life, this poem can give lovers a way to articulate their feelings straight from their hearts as in the following lines “I love your lips when they’re wet with wine/And red with a wild desire” Thus, the verses of this poem can be used as quotations for the expression of romantic love.
Another beautiful quotation is;

“But give me the love that so freely gives
And laughs at the whole world’s blame”.

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