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Personification in On Monsieur's Departure

Personification Examples in On Monsieur's Departure:

On Monsieur's Departure

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"Love..."   (On Monsieur's Departure)

Here, the speaker personifies love as Cupid, the god of desire, erotic love, and attraction. In Roman mythology, Cupid wielded magic arrows that could cause uncontrollable desire in whomever they struck. Passion and lust were conceptualized as external influences that caused an internal emotion. In this allusion, the speaker once again characterizes her own feelings as an external entity. She has no control over these feelings and must plead with Love to remove them.

"My care is like my shadow in the sun— ..."   (On Monsieur's Departure)

While the first stanza focused mostly on her two selves, the second stanza revolves around the personification of her “care.” This personification figures her emotions as an external party and further suggests the theme of the speaker’s divided self.

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