Demands and Expectations in Joseph Brodsky's "Love Song" For Joseph Brodsky author of the four-stanza poem “Love Song” life and love seem to be filled with irony, with humor, and with expectations. Structurally he uses a combination of short rhythms and alliteration to draw quick sharp images of what love means to a rather self-centered individual. Brodsky’s “Love Song” isn’t a traditional story of young romance or dreamy lovers. Instead it is a collection of sometimes conflicting offers, demands and expectations. This is not a Romeo and Juliet type, star-crossed lovers song. It is not a deep idealized dreamy poem like Edger Allen Poe’s Lenore or Annabel Lee. It is also not a poem that worship’s a perfect lover like Shelley’s Indian...The end:
.....through repetitive short and incongruous images first of hot tea and then of a jail cell, a singing bird and a drill sergeant. The short four line stanzas only loosely rhythm, with some lines not really rhythming at all. Brodsky sets a terse, joking mood, rather than explore deep feelings of passion. To demonstrate real passion would demand more adjectives and adverbs describing the beloved symbols of his passion. Instead the poem is filled with nouns and verbs. The nouns are ironic and funny like lipstick and a blanket. The verbs not of actions we normally associate with lovers but rather of two people used to kidding each other regularly. Reference Brodsky, Joseph. Collected poems in English. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.