Discovery by Harper is an emphatic sonnet which is symbolic in nature. The poem shows Harper’s epicurean nature. Harper cloths his hunger for love with words which becomes the Discovery. Apparently looking, the poem is straightforwardly simple. What Harper intends to convey, holds a deeper philosophy. In fact, Harper has disclosed the mysteries inside a love story. With just a few words, he has explained the whole phenomenon of love; how it begins; how is it rejoiced; how the promises are made and how terrible is its lasting effect once it gets punished.
The poem starts as every love story begins. The couple is writing the love story with zeal and enthusiasm. They have plans for life-long pleasures. Like a mystery, the facts are hidden because love is blind. They love; they enjoy and they celebrate but they don’t know that love always brings with it miseries and sorrows. Once the hidden facts are disclosed for lovers, everything comes into light and the lovers just remain waiting for each other. The light symbolizes the knowledge of facts about love-tales of the earth since its very history. Love stories have always been defeated here and Harper forms no exception. Once he gets aware of the bitterness love has brought for him, he is ablaze symbolizing he got into extreme mental trouble. He knew nothing had left for him but separation, depression, and anxiety.
The poem is, therefore, a symbol of perfection. The rhymes are well-balanced and they move like a smoothly flowing stream. The poem is extremely romantic reflecting the charm of love narrating the sweetest period when love flourished. The poem enjoys all the essentials of romanticism like beauty, joy, and gloom. It is a composite creation and the poet deserves to applaud. The poem is devoid of nothing. It has narrated the whole of Harper’s story with no exaggeration and extravagance of words. Composites are the words and composite is the impression.
Harper, Caroline. Discovery. Burlington, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006. Print.