Company of Lovers Essay

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Company of Lovers


Judith Wright's 1946 poem "The Company of Lovers" makes a juxtaposition of two essential
forces of major impact upon human existence, the effects of love and those of death.
Within the poem it can be noted that the two stanzas reflect each of the certain themes.
The first, a universal description of love and the ambitions two lovers might have, whilst
the second a reflection of how quick all may soon be lost through the loneliness of death.

Wright is renown for her use language, and many of her poems contain paradoxes in which
the reader is confronted with a phrase completely unrealisable, but effective in
portraying the nature of the poem. "The Company Of Lovers" itself opens with the use of a
paradox "…We meet and part now…" instils an image of simultaneous unity and depart,
evoking in a sense of temporary cohesion that may soon be lost. This may represent a
changing nature of ‘lovers' and perhaps such a quick meeting and farewell represents the
promiscuous nature of some who class themselves as ‘lovers.'

Nonetheless, a different approach is taken as the first stanza introduces ‘the lost
company' which could quite well represent lost ideals or values that once offered what was
a company of lovers, which has now become short-term relationships. This emphasis goes on
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