Amoretti Xxx : My Love Is Like To Ice, And I To Fire By Edmund Spenser

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As the times change, the media created during those times change as well, and either consciously or subconsciously reflect the ideals and attitudes of society. Specifically, writers have deconstructed, examined, and put love poetry back together; writers have provided varying opinions and interpretations regarding the motif of love. In the Elizabethan Era, poets idealized love and ignored all potential hardships. In the Victorian Era, the concept of problematic relationships had gained popularity, but poets maintained the idea of making the best of one’s circumstances and remaining complacent. The poems of the Modern Era became increasingly progressive, highlighting the problematic aspects of romantic relationships. Over the centuries,…show more content…
In Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd To His Love”, the speaker is trying to convince his lover to start a life with him in the countryside. The poem is a pastoral, thus it idealizes life in the country, specifically love in the country. The imagery in the poem serves to glorify the countryside and a relationship with the speaker. The speaker ignores all potential hardships that are inevitable in a relationship and only focuses on the appealing aspects. The poem itself contains devices that contribute to the attractive flow of the words, like the alliteration present in “seeing the Shepherds feed their flocks” (Marlowe 6), which is significant given the speaker’s intention. Both Spenser and Marlowe explore the positive sides of relationships and romanticize the idea of being in love, associating it with passion and romance. Elizabethan poetry often romanticizes the countryside and similarly, these poems demonstrate how this idealization transferred into love poetry. Neither poet realistically explores the problems within a relationship, and while Spenser acknowledges them, they only serve to intensify the relationship depicted in his poem, further ignoring the realism and painting a false picture.
The attitude towards love in the Victorian Era differs from that of the Elizabethan Era as shown by the discussion of loveless marriage and hardships, while still maintaining a lingering feeling of hope and detached

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