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What Love is Like -- Piet Hein

       
(Poem #1092) What Love is Like
 Love is like
 a pineapple,
 sweet and
 undefinable.
-- Piet Hein
This has got to be one of the nicest analogies I have seen - surprising,
even a little silly, but oh-so-apt, and with an undefinable sweetness of its
own that has me smiling and quoting it to myself at odd intervals. And then
there's the rhyme - it takes a considerable existing reputation to get away
with rhyming "pineapple" with "undefinable", but having gotten away with it,
it only serves to make the poem all the more memorable.

The obvious comparison is with Nash, but despite the superficial similarity,
I don't think today's poem is all that Nashian. True, it's a short poem with
an outrageous rhyme, but unlike a lot of Nash's work, the rhyme isn't really
the point of the grook - it just serves to add impact to the simile.

martin

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Julian Tepper said...

'What Love is Also Like'

A pineapple leaves in one's mouth
a taste that is sour.
I dutif'ly note, for your thought,
that, too, is love's power.

-- Julian Tepper

Martin DeMello said...

Thinking about it, the poem's true revelation is not that love is sweet and
undefinable, but that a *pineapple* is sweet and undefinable.

martin

PLamb2222 said...

hmmm...Undefinable eh? Well, lets go get our friend.
His name is Mr. Dictionary.

TearHill said...

See, I studied, New Crit and everything and
any way
I didn't think nobody could keep up w/Joe but

yo!

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