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Petrarch's Love

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The work of Petrarch is one that began the popularity of writers composing pieces about their lovers. Petrarch is distantly in love with a woman named Laura, and in his sonnet “Father in Heaven, after each lost day” (pg. 169) he lets his feelings about his love for her come to life. “Since I was yoked beneath the heavy trace that on the meekest weighs most cruelly” (lines 10-11) writes Petrarch, comparing himself to an ox that is collared at the neck being forced to carry around a wagon, which in this case represents his love for Laura. Petrarch knows that his love for Laura is a hopeless love, one that he wants to shake off because it has become a burden to him. In his realization of this unrealistic love he possesses, Petrarch pleas to God to remove his love for Laura from his heart, and instead fill it with love for him. Petrarch wants his love to be meaningful as it would be is he was filled with love for God, but he is stuck with a useless, burden love for a woman who will never love him in return. One of literatures most well-known authors, William Shakespeare, goes about his love sonnet in a very different way than that of Petrarch. Shakespeare begins by describing his love as he writes “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; coral is far more red than her lips’ red; if snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; if hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head” (pg. 179, lines 1-4). At first the sonnet seems like it is not about love at all, it seems as if
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