Amy Lowell’s poem accomplishes so much with so few words. “A Decade” conveys so much passion and captures the feeling and process of love.
“When you came, you were like red wine and honey, / and the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness” — when someone first falls in love it brings an intense feeling. A lot of times you feel like you don’t want to be away from that person. “burnt my mouth with its sweetness” describes this. During the first stages of romance the butterflies are there and such and the passion is at its peak.
However, as time goes by the romance begins to calm down. This is shown in the poem with the line: “Now you are like morning bread, smooth and pleasant. / I hardly taste you at all for I know your savour, / But I am completely nourished.” Between the two people in love things have become familiar and less intense.
But this doesn’t mean the relationship is any less pleasant. “Morning bread” is a positive image and alludes to simple, domestic life that may be less intense but it still remains something beautiful.
The romance goes from some wildly passionate to something calm, familiar and comfortable.