The Lover’S Woe: An Analysis Of The Aubade. Some Would

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The Lover’s Woe: An Analysis of the Aubade Some would say that some of the greatest works of love literature of all time were written during the Renaissance era; passages and the truest forms of love. Two poets that stood out to me that claimed that they had captured the true essence of love in their poems were William Shakespeare and John Donne. While Donne and Shakespeare wrote many poems, and works on the subject of love the two that seem to capture the quintessential and transcendental love that was often described in this era are The Sun Rising by John Donne, and chapter three, act five from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, also known as Romeo and Juliet’s Dawn Song. While Romeo and Juliet’s dialogue is similar to The Sun…show more content…
Both lovers lament the parting IV. Both give reassurances of love V. Reference to the danger threatening reputation or even life is made VI. The lovers make plans for future meetings VII. Final farewells are made VIII. The male lover departs While some dawn songs vary a little from this pattern, most maintain this basic pattern (Honegger 192-195). Both passages open like a traditional aubade with the lovers woken by the early signs of the morning. For Donne, it’s the sun, and for Juliet, it’s the first song of the lark. Both proceed to berate the signs of the impending morning for waking them and consequently tearing their lovers away from them. Donne refers to the sun as a “busy old fool” and a “saucy pedantic wretch”, claiming that the only power the sun has is over school boys and lazy apprentices, peasants, and kings (aiofesnotes.com). Likewise, Juliet belittles the lark for singing. The lark’s song was the first signal that morning was breaking. Its song is typically described as sweet and pleasant to the ear, however, Juliet calls the lark’s song harsh, as it serves as a warning that Romeo must leave before the house wakes. Juliet also does a bit of word play in this passage by telling Romeo that the call of the lark is just a nightingale. The nightingale is known as the singer of love, implying that it’s not yet time for the two lovers to part (Honneger

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