Don’t You L-O-V-E Poetry?

The song “L-O-V-E” sung by Nat “King” Cole was written by Burt Kaempfert and Milt Gabler. It was the first song released on Cole’s 1965 studio album also named “L-O-V-E”. Over the past 50 years, this song has been rerecorded by hundreds of different artists, appeared in many film soundtracks (including Parent Trap) and sung in multiple different languages. And it remains on millions of people’s playlists to this day.

Perrine emphasizes the distinction between poetry and imaginative literature does not just relate to how lines are arranged and how words connect through rhymes. The real difference between poetry and any other piece of literature is that in poetry, each line is of greater value and powerful language. When reading poetry a reader should feel the power of the complex language and reflect it on one’s own senses, emotions, and imagination. “L-O-V-E” does not have a complex structure or even a mysterious analysis, that does not mean it is not a great piece of poetry. This song does not just show great emotion but makes the listener feel them as well as imagine themselves feeling these ways in real-life situations.

L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore can

As seen above, this song not only describes the feelings of love, but gives the reader a step to step guide on how to love. This song shows how love between two individuals is very passionate but fragile. Each line gives an important idea to what the whole song is about, and gives love an even more complex definition. The line “Take my heart but please don’t break it” can identify as a metaphor, the breaking of a heart is meant to be on a emotional level so the reader can understand and relate to it. Not only is the language used powerful, it includes rhyming words and is a acrostic poem. This is a timeless piece song or poem, it is diverse and anyone of any age can listen and enjoy it.

3 thoughts on “Don’t You L-O-V-E Poetry?

  1. ASHBY S.N

    I really like how you choose such a simple, classic song, reminding us all that meaning can be derived from anywhere. I also agree with you in that this song is incredibly universal, and it special because it is so applicable to all people. Loved your post!!


  2. ALINA S

    I really like how you chose this song and your explanation and comparison to poetry is really good and in-depth. You highlighted great literary devices in the song which make it a good comparison to poetry, good job!!


  3. CASEY M

    I like that you chose this song because while it is simple and straight forward it is still great poetry. It emphasizes that poetry doesn’t need to be intricate or have hidden meanings to be valid poetry. I really enjoyed your post.


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