He is tormented by the fact that Ellen married another man and betrayed his love. However, he offers her a final dance together. Its traditional form and apparently straightforward story masks an interesting power play. The building of conflict in the poem involves using active and passive language to set up Lochinvar, the archetype of bold action, as the hero of the tale. His coming from the west is a metaphor which resembles for him of being like sun. However, the meek groom does not even offer a syllable of protest or challenge. Though she is obviously in love with Lochinvar she consents to marrying the unappealing bridegroom.
She look'd down to blush, and she look'd up to sigh, With a on her lips and a tear in her eye. So daring in love and so dauntless in war, Have ye e'er heard of gallant like young Lochinvar? But she kept a smile on her face signifying the upwelling affections for Lochinvar. This does not last for long, however, because the reassurance that she is looking for comes when he says that they shall dance 30. There are maidens in Scotland more lovely by far, That would gladly be bride to the young Lochinvar. He loves Ellen, who is getting married to a timid and lethargic man.
She looked down to blush, and she looked up to sigh, With a smile on her lips, and a tear in her eye. Though there were tears in her eyes, her lips carried the smile that came from her heart. Perhaps Lochinvar is projection unrealistic expectations on Ellen. He flung her on the horse and rose to take the reins in his hands. While Lochinvar is dancing with Ellen and the entire castle is watching the bridegroom stands by helplessly.
And this motorist from nowhere moving his lips like the wings of a butterfly and nothing coming out, and Sithney silent now. So in love, and so in war, There was like the Lochinvar. She and her beloved rode in triumphantly into the sunset. While Lochinvar is dancing with Ellen and the entire castle is watching the bridegroom stands by helplessly. The knight accepted it and drank it in one breath and threw the glass in anger.
He took one dance with the bride after she blessed his wine. He inquires if he had come to fight or give her blessings to the marrying couple. In this scene it is almost as if Lochinvar is trying to punish Ellen or let her know that he is upset. Lochinvar's position as an active dominant person is reflected in everything that he does and how he is described. Lochinvar had not wooed sufficiently to win the permission of Ellen's father to wed her. There was mounting mong Græmes of the Netherby clan; Forsters, Fenwicks, and Musgraves, they rode and they ran: There was racing and chasing on Cannobie Lee, But the lost bride of Netherby neer did they see. The lines are in iambic tetrameter and are arranged in heroic couplets, three couplets per stanza.
I gave him directions to the Denton farm, but I doubt that he followed them, he didn't seem to be listening, and it was getting late and Sithney had an idea of his own and I don't know why I am remembering this now, just that he summed himself up by saying 'I've missed too many boats' and all these years later I keep thinking that was a man who loved to miss boats, but he didn't miss them that much. So boldly he entered the Netherby Hall, Among bridesmen, and kinsmen, and brothers, and all. The characters are divided into two groups; those who are active, and who conform to the language of battle and conflict, and those who are passive and ineffectual. So faithful in love and so dauntless in war, There never was knight like the young Lochinvar. It also celebrates the triumph of love over discord and heroic actions over grandiose statements. Heroically, he decides to kidnap the willing Ellen and escapes to the glens.
He was no longer looking at us, but straight ahead where his election was in doubt. Another striking trait of Lochinvar is his loyalty and resoluteness in love. It was as if her disaffection for his alienation just melted away. Is this what he wants or perhaps he is hoping for a woman with more will then Ellen, someone who will join him as his equal, actively asserting herself. Ellen's mother is inactive as well and seems to want the opposite of what her daughter wants, regardless of her happiness.
Along with the descriptive words mentioned above he is also described as young, faithful, solitary and stately. Her eyes are awash with tears at the prospect of marrying another man and losing him forever tugs at her heartstrings. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes. At the beginning of the poem, all of the characters have the potential to be proactive in what happens. The clover calling you by name. She is obviously one of the inactive, passive characters, unable to be proactive in the creating of her own fate. There was mounting 'mong Graemes of the Netherby clan; Fosters, Fenwicks, and Musgraves, they rode and they ran: There was racing and chasing on Cannobie Lee, But the lost bride of Netherby ne'er did they see.
There are maidens in Scotland more lovely by far, That would gladly be bride to the young Lochinvar. He is cowardly and unable to stand up for himself. Lochinvar, like many males, is forced to make a choice. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes. He was a veteran and a salesmen who didn't believe in his product- I've forgotten what it was- hair restorer, parrot feed- and he enjoyed nothing more then a a day spent meandering the back roads in his jalopy.