Love Through The Ages - QUOTES AND CONTEXT

A table I made going through the different periods of English Literature, and some quotes with context. 

I hope they help, and good luck to everyone! :-)

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Medieval Period (1066-1500) Courtly love
ideals, very
Those Eyes... Petrarch "The arms, hands, feets, the beauty that erewhile" Blazon
"Those eyes, `neath which my passionate rapture rose" He is below her (spatial metaphor) and her worships her. Could even be obsessive love. Phallic
Renaissance Period (1500-1660) · Marriage
created ties
· Women are
seen as the
property of
a man
· Women of
high status
marry young
· During this
Elizabeth I
1558 and
Romeo and Juliet Shakespear "If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully." Juliet proposes to Romeo, defying the social conventions and gender expectations of the time.
"Yet if thou swear'st,/ Thou may prove false." Juliet is self-assured and unconventionally knowledgeable about the motives of men.
King Lear "Degenerative bastard" Lear calls Cordelia this as she does not submit to him and flatter his ego
"She shook/ the holy water from her heavenly eyes" Cordelia presented as angelic and holistic
"The food of thy abused father's wrath!" Gloucester sees Edgar as the victim of his anger, but sees his anger as the result of abuse
Much Ado About Nothing "In faith, hath not the world one man but he will wear his cap with suspicion?" Benedick questions why every man wants to risk being a cuckold
"Lady, as you are mine, I am yours: I give away myself for you, and dote upon the Claudio to Hero. Both possessive due to the gender roles and women being seen as property, but
exchange" - also very courtly and romantic. "I am yours" suggests possible breaking of the gender roles because
he loves her that much.
" One woman is fair, yet I am well: another is wise, yet I am well: another virtuous, yet I Benedick believes as long as love fails to strike him down, he is confident of resisting the charms of
am well" any woman.
"When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married" - Benedick being typical Benedick. Basically just moaning about marriage again and being a grump.

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Othello "Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul/ But I do ove thee! And when I love thee not I Othello to Desdemona
chaos is come again"
"...An old black ram is tupping your white ewe" Iago comparing love/race to animalistic features
"My noble father/ I d perceive here a divided duty,/ To you I am bound for life and Desdemona and her father's love, family love is duty.
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The Anniversary Donne "We shall be thoroughly blessed;" Being married allows them to have a love that is without sin and connect via a spiritual love.
"Here upon earth we're Kings, and none but we/ Can be such Kings...where can do Classical imagery of love as a medieval, noble idea. Traditional fairy-tale style. There can be no
/Treason to us, except one of us two." greater crime against them than the act of adultery. There can be no others with a love like theirs.…read more

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Unfortunately for his daughters was entailed by default of heirs male" Inequality of the sexes, the daughters must rely on finding a husband to have a secure future.
"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must Pride stopped Darcy from admitting his feelings sooner.
allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
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The Picture of Dorian Gray "Women are a decorative sex" Harry and misogyny
"It is not merely that I paint him...he is much more than a model or a sitter" Basil and aestheticism Possibly obsession over Dorian
Miss Julie Strindberg "Oh, I'd love to see the whole of your sex swimming in a sea of blood just like that." Julie to Jean. The double entendre of "sex" suggests that Julie wants to drown all men, and to drown
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