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The feeling and power of love affect every human being on the face on this planet but it is how each individual handles the various dimensions of this complex emotion that creates a unique situation The theme of love can be found in the chapter in the New Worlds of Literature text titled Crossings This chapter provides an insight on what happens when two different worlds become intertwined in romance and relationships specifically the poems Julia and Pocahontas to her English Husband John Rolfe Both Paula Gunn Allen the author of Pocahontas To Her English Husband John Rolfe and Wendy Rose the author of Julia reinforce the idea of how love can be misinterpreted and perhaps blind The misguided abused women in these stories illustrate the pains and disappointments of love and how they wish their love could be more profound or passionateIn this particular poem the love that Pocahontas has for John Rolfe seems to portray pity more than romantic love in that she watches him and protects him from harm She does not feel romantic love but rather a relationship of codependence in that Pocahontas aids John Rolfe In addition Pocahontas and John Rolfe are two people from two different worlds who attempt to come together as one The persona of Pocahontas senses that John feels helpless in her world and the kind-heartedness of Pocahontas compels her to help John Rolfe and come closer to him Her willingness to aid him is evident in the line Had I not cradled you in my arms oh beloved perfidious one you would have died Allen 1 Pocahontas cradles John Rolfe in her arms as though he represents a child in need of help or guidance But the use of the word beloved signifies that there could possibly be some portrayal of love in her soul In addition Pocahontas displays a type of motherly love instead of romantic love as is evident when she comments
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