When Love Hurts

When Love Hurts Walther von der Vogelweide’s poems entitled Blissful He lay and How Beautiful Her Form and Face, both exemplify the aforementioned pains experienced by the lovers. The first poem speaks about the pains of love and parting while the other speaks of the pains of unreciprocated love and devotion. In Blissful He Lay, Walther tells the story of the love a cavalier holds for a young woman whom he was sleeping with. The lovers are devoted to each other but their situations are causing them the pains and fears that they have. Their story is known through the conversations that they have in the form of a poem and it is implied that the woman is of high standing while it has been clearly stated that the man is a cavalier. At first reading, one could imagine that the cavalier’s job was hindering the lovers in being together as they please. The woman often pleaded with the man not to leave her alone but the cavalier appeared to be firm and decided, telling her that he must leave her. He promises the lady that he will return to her as much as he could, making readers to consider other reasons for their situation because if there was nothing in between them but the man’s job, they could have easily resolved the problem by getting married. However, towards the end of the poem, the man says to the lady, Permit me now to ride away from here, to save your name must I take leave (Walther, 211). This makes the readers understand that the lady could be from a high societal status, making it impossible for her to marry the cavalier because of the name that she is protecting. It is obvious that the two are hiding their relationship, with the man going to the lady’s bed at night whenever he can. Before the break of day, he had to make haste and leave so that no one will see him coming out of the lady’s room which might take her name ridiculed because of their illicit affair and this makes their love difficult and painful especially on the part of the lady. The love between the characters in the second poem on the other hand is known only by the speaker. The narrator in the poem is the male lover who fell in love with a young woman whom he accidentally saw all naked after her bath. He is older than the woman which he makes an issue of, hindering him to tell about his love. The man is afraid that the woman might be too proud to accept his love and that would only leave him in pain and misery. He then chooses to rather feel the pain of not telling his feelings to the object of her love than to feel the pain of being rejected. Due to this situation, the love of the man is not acknowledged and reciprocated but rather is secretly cared for by him alone. Therefore, he satisfied himself in just looking at the woman from afar. In contrast to this, it is observed that in Blissful He Lay, the woman instead of the man. has all the fears of what their relationship would cause her. The male character feared rejection while the woman feared separation. Blissful He Lay uses conversations between the two characters to narrate their story on a free style, observing no set number of lines. The tone of the characters’ voices is melancholic because of the situation that they are in. Not all of the circumstances are explicitly described in the poem so that the picture is made cleared through the use of connotations. For instance, as mentioned earlier, it is understood that the lovers’