To my Inconstant Mistress

By Thomas Carew


When thou, poor excommunicate

From all the joys of love, shalt see

The full reward and glorious fate

Which my strong faith shall purchase me,

Then curse thine own inconstancy.


A fairer hand than thine shall cure

That heart, which thy false oaths did wound;

And to my soul, a soul more pure

Than thine shall by Love's hand be bound,

And both with equal glory crown'd.


Then shalt thou weep, entreat, complain

To Love, as I did once to thee;

When all thy tears shall be as vain

As mine were then, for thou shalt be

Damn'd for thy false apostasy.

Main Idea

He is angry with his "mistress" for her insincere love or betrayal of him. He describes how he plans to resolve this by replacing her with another woman. Carew's tone could indicate that he is done caring for her or that he cared for her to much and now it's causing him pain. Also that she will never love or be loved again by anyone and he hopes that it will cause her the pain she caused him.

Why I chose "To my Inconsistent Mistress"

The reason behind me choosing this poem is that I love the story it tells. I love how I can feel his pain for the love he never got from this women. How he wishes her all the pain she put him through. He pretty much gives up on her and is tired of her hurting him.

Song lyrics


"Say Something"

Say something, I'm giving up on you
I'll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere I would've followed you
Say something, I'm giving up on you

And I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

And I will stumble and fall
I'm still learning to love
Just starting to crawl

Say something, I'm giving up on you
I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you
Anywhere I would've followed you
Say something, I'm giving up on you

And I will swallow my pride
You're the one that I love
And I'm saying goodbye

Say something, I'm giving up on you
And I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you
And anywhere I would've followed you (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Say something, I'm giving up on you

Say something, I'm giving up on you
Say something...

Song + Poem

This song ties to the poem because he is done with her and all he had to do is "say something"

"Joan" by Jared Willis

You left me all alone

I would have followed

Where have you gone Joan

My heart has been hollowed

Through heartache and tears swallowed


There is no one else that can compare

My eyes are crying

Now I must live in solitaire

My soul is dying

I am who I am because of your lying


We were on the right track

My heart will forever be broken

There is no turning back

You have spoiled the token

Your name will never be spoken