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Love Calls Us to the Things in This World | Study Guide

Richard Wilbur

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Overview

Author

Richard Wilbur

Year Published

1956

Type

Poem

Genre

Religion

Perspective and Narrator

"Love Calls Us to the Things of This World" is told in the third person by an omniscient speaker. Twice, the speaker quotes the soul, which speaks.

Tense

"Love Calls Us to the Things of This World" is told in the present tense.

About the Title

"Love Calls Us to the Things of This World" alludes to a passage from The Confessions (c. 400 CE) of Christian theologian St. Augustine (354–430 CE), in which the saint counsels against loving the world and worldly attractions. The poem depicts the tension between the soul—which wants to float free of worldly entanglements—and the body—which craves life's material pleasures and rewards.

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