Love can be a tricky thing. Love can be the begging to something new, something beautiful. While, Love can also be a dangerous and deserving thing. Love is a feeling many will feel whether for someone or something. Yet, loving someone can truly show not only who someone is as a person but, can show things about yourself you never knew. Thing you wish you never knew. Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 137” shows the dirt and ugly and immoral side your heart can obtain when love is blinding you.
Shakespeare examines love in two different ways in Sonnets 116 and 130. In the first, love is treated in its most ideal form as an uncompromising force (indeed, as the greatest force in the universe); in the latter sonnet, Shakespeare treats love from a more practical aspect: it is viewed simply and realistically without ornament. Yet both sonnets are justifiable in and of themselves, for neither misrepresents love or speaks of it slightingly. Indeed, Shakespeare illustrates two qualities of love in the two sonnets: its potential and its objectivity. This paper will compare and contrast the two sonnets by Shakespeare and show how they represent two different attitudes to love.
William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116” and Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Love Is Not All” both attempt to define love, by telling what love is and what it is not. Shakespeare’s sonnet praises love and speaks of love in its most ideal form, while Millay’s poem begins by giving the impression that the speaker feels that love is not all, but during the unfolding of the poem we find the ironic truth that love is all. Shakespeare, on the other hand, depicts love as perfect and necessary from the beginning to the end of his poem. Although these two authors have taken two completely different approaches, both have worked to show the importance of love and to define it. However, Shakespeare is most confident of his definition of love, while Millay seems
Poetry written in the sixteenth century is not very different from modern-day poetry. Poets seem to continue to craft work based upon love and heartbreak more than any other topic. In Georgia Giscoigne’s 1573 poem “For That He Looked Not upon Her”, the speaker comes off as distraught over a girl, but actually has a more conflicting attitude towards her. The speaker feels desire towards this girl, but his desirer comes off as ambivalent at times. He shows indecisiveness about his feelings towards her, and at times comes off as regretful towards his past with her. Gascoigne presents a desiring, ambivalent, yet regretful attitude through his choice of title, diction, and use of metaphors.
Poets have written love poems for centuries with the first said to be around 1000BC. But what is love? It is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘ to have attachment to and affection for’. However, after studying various love poems, I have found that love is portrayed in many different ways. It can be possessive, hateful and pure and the fact that William Shakespeare said ‘The course of true love never did run smooth’ suggests that love is more complicated than a simple dictionary definition.
Not all relationships are mutually beneficial to the people in them. In many cases, one or both people in the relationship can feel negatively impacted by it. Likewise, when relationships come to an end, the people involved may feel incredibly hurt and broken. In George Gascoigne’s poem “For That He Looked Not upon Her,” he describes the devastation felt by a man that was the result of the ending of his relationship with a woman. The man, who claims to have been mistreated by the woman, explains how he will not be tricked and mistreated again by going back to the woman.
In stanza four the pronoun “you” is introduce. We assume its Collin prior relationship, as its only stanza that doesn’t contains Collin pet analogy and first evidence contributing to the theme. The metaphor shift to abstract when Collin deny her worthiness and what she meant to his life. But, as he subtracted himself to the “combination”, he was able to discover her value rather measuring his spouse love and intimacy. Repetitions occur, such as “awkward and bewildering” to represent the time when his spouse was companion to him, but he couldn’t reciprocate those same nurturing feelings back to her. In addition, his spouse “held” him more than he ever did. He regrets it now when he is holding his dog but the dog is incapable to measure that same actions and words because of law of nature. The last stanza line, “..now we are both lost in strange and distant neighborhood.”, is another metaphor reference the way a lost dog might feel to his lost love that can’t ever be the same
He describes the love he feels towards her and her love towards him. He gets more excited and happy as the poem goes on. “She’ll run upstairs through the decaying porch burning with love and happiness." (453, Yevtushenko). Although things have changed and gotten old, she still burns with love at the idea of seeing him. He continues on, getting more heartfelt and emotional. He describes what happens when they finally embraced. “She’ll run dripping upstairs, she won’t knock, will take my head in her hands.” (453, Yevtushenko). His lover didn’t even bother covering herself from the rain when she ran in because she was too excited to see him after so long. He explains that only she understands him. He does not worry about how much he has changed over the years, he believes that even if they had changed, they would still love each other regardless. “Will understand my fears, observe my changes.” (453, Yevtushenko). He has absolute love and trust in her, and rests his entire entity with
Addicted to Love, written by Steven Johnson is an article that discusses the effect of oxytocin on the brain. Throughout the article, Johnson examines effects of oxytocin, the study of oxytocin in rodents, and the relationship of addiction and oxytocin. Johnson discusses the general effects oxytocin can have on the human brain while explaining some general behaviours. He then discusses a study conducted on oxytocin in prairie and montane voles. Lastly Johnson dissects the phrase “addicted to love” and proves that this could actually be true.
Teacher and classmates, A few weeks ago, I questioned Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet wondering why, why is this literature still prominent in today's society? The foreign tongue it is written in, the seemingly basic and boring plot and the lack of action all combined being regarded as one of man’s greatest achievements didn't quite equate. However through my studies of the question, How effectively does Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet shape our notion of love, I realised. Throughout the text lies defining moments of romantic, fickle and fraternal love and the complexity of the text allows for both interpretation while maintaining relatability. However our perception of love, the strong feeling of affection, has differed immensely since 1595. Romeo and Juliet, a story over four centuries old is the foundation of love and romance throughout history.
Love means that one has to care for another person’s happiness more than their own, no matter how painful the choices one faces must be. It becomes a strong and emotional attachment that focuses on the heart and mind while simultaneously is a promise and the simplest way to be happy. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, William Shakespeare’s Othello, and Philip Sidney’s “Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 31”, certain characters have a distorted view on love as it is dominant and holds a heavy weight on the formation of relationships. A simple four letter word can be very influential when creating a basis of emotional availability.
In Wyatt 's translation of Petrarch 's Rima 140, love has no authority over the poet but instead seems to be a visitor, who has only been allowed at the poet 's invitation. His translation is truer to the original than Surrey 's translation of the sonnet, except there is no image of the conquering knight. In the first stanza, he writes: "The long love that in my thought doth harbor, and in mine heart doth keep his residence, into my face presseth with bold pretense and therein campeth, spreading his banner." Wyatt shelters Love in his thought and allows it to stay temporarily in his heart, but the poet remains in control. For Wyatt, Love does not "live" or "reign" nor is
The modern concept of love owes a great deal to the Humanist tradition of the Renaissance. The humanists focused on perfection and exaltation of this life as opposed to the afterlife. In Tristan and Iseult the seeds of Renaissance love are present in the Middle Ages. To the modern eye, it is a mystery how the period of the Middle Ages produced the seeds of the diametrically opposite Renaissance. Yet it is necessary to understand this transformation if one is to fully comprehend the forces that helped produce the modern consciousness. Courtly Love is a transitional concept that emerged in the Middle Ages. It is transitional because it emerged early and acknowledges God as the creator of love,
Sir Thomas Wyatt was born in the year 1503. The son of Sir Henry Wyatt and Anne Skinner, he went on to attend St. John’s College in Cambridge. He first took a place in the court of King Henry VIII in 1516. In the year 1520 he was married to Elizabeth Brooke at the age of seventeen. His son, of the same name, was born in the year 1521. Wyatt’s marriage to Elizabeth was miserable and the couple is believed to have been “estranged by the second half of the 1520s” (Burrow). Thomas Wyatt and Elizabeth Brooke were separated in 1525 when Wyatt accused his wife of adultery. Much of Sir Thomas Wyatt’s poetry is reflective of his love life. His personal relationships served as inspiration for a notable amount of his work. In his poem “Blame not my
Shakespeare, who wrote the sonnets in 1609, expresses his own feelings through his greatest work of literature. The theme of love in the poems reflect thoughts from the Renaissance period. Love is one of many components of Shakespeare’s life shown in the sonnets. Love can be defined in many ways other than a strong affection for a lover. In Shakespeare’s sonnets, the concept of love can be seen through many uncommon means such as the love of life before death in “Sonnet 73,” love in marriage in “Sonnet 116,” love through sexual desire in “Sonnet 129,” and love through nature in “Sonnet 130,” proving that love can be expressed through many different feelings and emotions.