‘The Shadow Bride’ conceptualizes the contrast between light and darkness, as well as stillness and movement through personification.
The man's struggle with being motionless is clearly described in the first stanzas of the poem; however, he can overcome adversity and move again, thanks to the woman, at the end of the poem.
There was a man who dwelt alone
Beneath the moon in shadow.
He sat as long as lasting stone,
And yet he had no shadow.
‘Sonnet 227’ is about “Love,” particularly “Unrequited love.” Petrarch expresses his deep love for Laura, her indifference towards his love, and the various contrasting emotions he undergoes in the poem.
In this poem, the poet discusses a relationship, its issues, and his desire to (but inability to) understand the other person's emotions. This is something that readers will find in most of Petrarch's poems.
Breeze, blowing that blonde curling hair,
stirring it, and being softly stirred in turn,
scattering that sweet gold about, then
gathering it, in a lovely knot of curls again,
‘Opportunity’ by Edward Rowland Sill is a narrative poem that describes an imagined or real battle and a unique opportunity that presents itself.
After the prince picks up the discarded sword, he's able to overcome adversity.