22 October 2012
Space for Love: Nature’s Domain
While reading the assigned texts I’ve noticed that love needs special settings and spaces. Throughout time these spaces have adapted and changed to help suit generations. Literature has played a key role in the changing of these places. Although each writer’s interpretation of love-like settings may differ from one another, there are very basic similarities between them. Tradition has made it so that nature is almost always involved in these, “Spaces for Love.” Also, traditionally we would expect love between opposite sexes but there is tremendous amounts of literature written now that involve love between the same sexes. My ...view middle of the document...
Fruits give life and energy to the human body so it seems as if being with her beloved in any place or situation gives her energy and life. Back in those times there wasn’t any technology like we have now so nature and the surroundings were really the only things you could compare things to. Even I myself have felt the comfort of sitting under a tree and eating an apple.
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that
the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved. (Song of Sol.4:16-5:1)
This quote shows how the garden is a special place for them. Again nature plays a part in how the two feel about one another. The garden is a good place for love because it represents growth and nourishment. He responds to her in the quote saying how he’s eaten all that he’s supposed to and that it is her turn. In other quotes like, “Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves,” (Song of Sol. 7:12) there is more reference to going where plants and fruits flourish and grow. These quotes are filled with sexual innuendos so these places represent both emotional and physical love.
The ideas from Song of Songs of giving and making love in nature become part of tradition. Over 300 years later in 1988, Paul Monette wrote his Love Alone: 18 Elegies for Rog in which held Gardenias. “Gardenias,” is a lot different from Song of Songs. For starters, while Song of Songs is a romance story, “Gardenias,” is more of a tragedy. Also, “Gardenias,” is an elegy of love lost between the same sexes. These differences make the story different but nature still plays parts in the space for love. There are still points where nature is referenced. “Watered the white blooms wafting may to mid-August now and then you’d bring one in floating in a bowl and leave it on my desk by such small tokens did the world grow green.” (Monette) Here you can see the connection made between how he feels and nature. When one thinks nature it is common that they think of trees, plants, and earthly things. Those things are green and the green of plants represents growth and health. He’s stating that the small things his love did for him made the world green in his eyes. It had to have been a very special love for the little things to mean so much to him.
In Gardenias the love interest dies and afterwards the author tries to cope with his...