Comparisons To Law In Poetry

"Law Like Love"

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Look at “Law Like Love” by W. H. Auden and follow along as the poem is read aloud, noting any words or passages that you don’t understand.

In his poem, Auden makes a series of comparisons between law and how different people see law (for instance, the gardeners say law is the sun).

  • Annotate or take notes on all of the different comparisons. For example, the first stanza compares the law to the sun that gardeners obey. The second stanza compares the law to the wisdom of older people.
  • Then work with a partner to explain what you think each of these comparisons means: how is law like the sun? Like the “wisdom of the old”?
  • Record your ideas in writing.

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