AQA (A): Paper 1 Love though the ages: poetry comparison
The idea that loving might have some connection to losing is a common theme in love poetry. This is not surprising: love always involves some kind of loss and even the happiest love affairs come to an end. The acoustic similarity of the two words has often tempted poets to hitch love to loss and to wonder about other kinds of previously unthought-of connections between the two ideas. For example, Alfred Tennyson, who lost his much-loved friend Arthur Hallam, did not regret their friendship, and his long elegy for his friend concludes with the famous lines: ‘’Tis better to have loved and lost/ Than never to have loved at all’ (XXVII, In Memoriam A. H. H., 1850).
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