What is an analysis of the poem "Farewell to Love"?

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In "A Farewell to Love" the speaker expresses both awareness and remorse at his seemingly insatiable sexual appetite. This dissolute young man appears regretful of the way in which he's worshipped love—sexual love, to be precise—like a god, or a "Deitie," as he describes it. He deeply resents the power that carnal lust has had over him, and how it dissipates his energies whenever he throws himself headlong into the unbridled pursuit of sensual pleasure.

It has left him with a kind of "sorrowing dulnesse" to the mind, and no wonder. The joys of the flesh are fleeting; they cannot provide the kind of lasting satisfaction that the speaker now seeks. From now on, he will no longer waste his energies in the frantic pursuit of women. Instead, he will admire their beauty from afar, avoiding the kind of romantic entanglements that have all too often damaged him in the past.

Perhaps the poem's autobiographical elements have been somewhat exaggerated in critical literature, but it's...

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