On one hand, Levertov shows the difficulty in making a marriage last. It is a being, which aches in the "thigh and tongue" 2. Levertov writes "The Ache of Marriage" as if someone were speaking. In order for the pain to cease, they must first face the pain with each other.
This poem does not use periods or any specific rhyming pattern making the ideas short and precise. The author divides the poem into two parts. Thus she assimilates those metaphysical anxieties which Wordsworth in a very different context defined as "fallings from us, vanishings" into a larger pattern based on faith in the inevitability of joy renewed.
The husband and wife search in order to heal the pain within each other but cannot find it. The form is important because the temptation to be sing-songy is eliminated. All the trial and tribulations a marriage endures prove to be worth it the sacrifices.
Levertov describes the pain as if someone were reading her thoughts. Among her earlier verses, the piece called "Girlhood of Jane Harrison," in With Eyes at the Back of Our Headssuggests one of the forces that shaped her thought on this matter, for in her monumental Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion the British feminist-classicist had sought to document the dominance of the Great Mother in ancient Greek culture.
Such a strategy of doubling is of course a traditional one for women artists: The pain of this marriage results in the ultimate achievement of the objective of marriage.
By suffering through the hurdles of this institution, the pain will either bring them closer together or tear them apart. Because this marriage physically causes pain, it may be hard to realize what a blessed thing it is.
The speaker of the later "In Mind," from O Taste and Seeis more frankly confessional about her own relationship to these antithetical selves, and franker, too, about the pain that at least one of them, the mystically self-absorbed waterwoman, may cause to others.
In fact, it is particularly when she undertakes to analyze and justify female complexity that Levertov makes her most overtly "feminist" political statements. If both parties in a marriage share the aches of marriage, then they will not hurt nearly as bad.
Imagery is another literary device Levertov uses to illustrate the difficulty in maintaining a sacred institution. The use of the verb throb raises the intensity if the pain. This pain affects every part of the body. This image creates thoughts of survival of the marriage and faith in one another.
The comparison of marriage to a leviathan serves as a vivid image.
The thighs ache because of the heavy burden pain places upon their shoulders.The haunting heavily figurative tone poem, "The Ache of Marriage."  A clumsy, desperate poem--intentionally, for that is the aching quality of a marriage, a search for communion--transposed into the movements of love rather than its words.
Mar 10, · The Ache of Marriage-Denise Levertov The ache of marriage: thigh and tongue, beloved, are heavy with it, it throbs in the teeth We look for communion. In "The Ache of Marriage," Denise Levertov attempts to explain the pain this marriage experiences.
It is a pain that affects both emotional and physical states of being.
Levertov describes the pain as if someone were reading her thoughts. Through Levertov's use of non-conventional form, the theme of the pain of marriage and overcoming that pain jumps from the page. Complete Analysis of the Poem, "Wedding-Ring," by Denise Levetov Uploaded by Caleb Benjamin Wechsler This is a complete analysis of the poem, "Wedding-Ring" by Denise Levetov.5/5(1).
Summary: The Ache of Marriage by Denise Levertov is a poem about the deep feelings of emotion as an ache in a marriage with the speaker's "beloved" Characters: Speaker - talks to beloved about "the ache of marriage". Oct 25, · Denise Levertov’s “The Ache of Marriage” and “Divorcing” Both poems share a somewhat similiar veiw on marriage, but at the same time, are portrayed in two very different ways.
"The Ache of Marriage," alot of emotions and struggles on marraige are related to the body.Download