English Literature - Love
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by Michael Drayton
Themes: unrequited love
- betrayed man wants to separate with his love
- angry & frustrated
- tries to convince himself
- two sides of love
- duplicity - says one thing, means another
"And I am glad, yea, glad with all my heart" - he's totally not glad at all; "free"- actually wants to be with her
- personification of Passion, Faith and Innocence - represent his true feelings, naivety
- personification of love, though not capitalized - "his pulse failing"
What Thing is Love?
by George Peele
Themes: romantic love & overall appreciation of love
- opens with a rhetorical question - rest of the poem attempts to answer it
- explores love in its different forms
- metaphors "prick" "sting" suggest love can be painful and dangerous; "fire" "coal" - double meaning - love is a fuel for life, yet can be overwhelming, unpredictable and risky;
"creeps in at every hole" - love is an extremely powerful feeling that you get absorbed in; "make such holes into our hearts" - leaves the afflicted severely exposed
- personification of love in "ladies eyes" - suggests appreciation of this powerful emotion
- allusion to Cupid, the god of love "piercing darts"
appreciative of magnificence of love
reflecting on past experience
Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover?
by Sir John Suckling
Themes: unrequited love
- rhetorical questions asking why the lover makes himself sick
- the narrator tries to cheer up the lover
- in the final stanza, tells to stop wooing and basically tells him to forget her and move on
- use of rhetorical questions - helps to explore the theme of love and create the imagery of painful love
- alliteration of "w"and "p" - adds harshness and contribute to aggressive and frustrated mood ; also creates a sense of sarcasm
- structure ABABB - structured as a logical, rational argument, opposing the lovers irrational behaviour
They Flee from Me, That Sometime Did Me Seek
by Sir Thomas Wyatt
Themes: unrequited love; mortality & aging;
- 1st stanza - describes his reckless youth, and him being as a dominant figure
- 2nd stanza - focuses on one particular girl, true love or nah? Now, he is in submissive role
- 3rd stanza - this did not work out, so he was left alone, broken and miserable
- hunting analogy - "flee", "seek", "stalking","put themselves in danger" - establish the relationship between the narrator and the women - YOU'LL BE THE PRAY AND I'LL BE THE PREDATOR
- "and she me caught" - confident women, dominant
- "dear heart, how like you this?" - playing with his feelings
- "kindly served" - sarcasm or nah? Gets what he deserves
- enjambment - used to present his excitement when describing his youth
- caesura - contrasts the difference in the behavior "and now they rage"
by Lady Mary Wroth
Themes: unrequited love; sadness & sorrow
- sonnets are for love, but this explores dark sides of love
- 1st quatrain - torture and endless suffering
- 2nd quatrain - pathetic sobs ie begs her love to stay "now stay"
- 3rd quatrain - threatening to kill herself
- couplet - pleading for help
- powerful vocab - "endless torments", "sharp distress" - torture, suffering
- alliteration of "l" - represent love and pain
- personification of Love - respect and appreciation of this powerful emotion
- rhetorical questions - help to explore narrator's feelings and also express frustration, rage and anger
by Edmund Spenser
Themes: love; mortality
- imagery of mortality in the first quatrain - "but came the waves, and washed it away"
- 2nd quatrain - his lover describes him as "vain", since she thinks it is silly to try to conquer mortality
-3rd quatrain - promises to make her eternal since he will "eternise" her in his "verse" and she "shall live by fame"
- final couplet - their love will forever in his poetry and defeat death
- personification of waves and tide - suggests inevitability of death as it slowly hunting for your life and gradually takes over it
- powerful vocab - "decay", "die in dust" - inglorious fate of death; "fame", heavens" - his love is divine and deserves being immortal
- alliteration of d - harsh sounds, mimic death