Wider reading log- Love through the ages- Poetry

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Poet Title Quotes And Love Themes
Shakespeare Sonnet 19 Traditional -Love and time.
sonnet form- -Art and literature
Three quatrains as a form of
and a couplet keeping love alive,
(where the Volta even after natural
occurs) effects (similar in
Forbids time `one Sonnet 20)
most heinous
crime' -Physical
`O! Carve not with appearance
thy hours my love's
fair brow'
Couplet- `do thy
worse old Time:
despite thy wrong,
My love shall in my
verse ever live
Shakespeare Sonnet 116 Follows regular Celebration of Love
Shakespearian Love and Marriage
sonnet form (not to Love as constant
be confused with and enduring.
Petrarchan sonnet) Love overcoming
`love is not love', Love as an idea-
`alters when it what is meant by
alternation finds' love.
and `remover to
remove'- mirroring Love as giving
of words is strength.
suggested of a
loving couple. Positive force that
Metaphors based `bears it out even
on natural to the edge of
elements love doom'
`looks on tempests
and is never
shaken' and `is the
star to every
wand'ring bark' ­ `
an ever fixed point'
an essential part of
our physical world,

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Shakespeare Sonnet 130 First 12 lines Realistic Love
(quatrains) are
devoted to the Criticises the use of
main idea of the hyperbole used by
poem, describing other poets.
his `mistress' in less Employs litotes for
than impressive effect.
Final line suggests
Couplet shows she that using
is just as beautiful. hyperbole, `false
compare', belie(s)
`My mistress' eyes the lover.
are nothing like the
sun' Sincere love.
`Coral is far more
red than her lips' Love based on
red' more than
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John Donne The Flea `how little' it is Sex outside
what she denies marriage
`It sucked me first,
and now sucks Religion
thee. Importance of the
And in this flea, our social context
two bloods mingled (religion played a
be.' part in John
Donne's poetry
Not a `sin, nor
shame, nor loss of He was critical of it,
maidenhead' impact of religion
on sex and
`more than married women's sexual
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To move, but doth,
if the other Do.'
`Thy firmness
makes my circle
And makes me end
where I begun'
Phillip Larkin Talking in Bed `An emblem of two Isolation
people being
honest' ­ Marriage Disillusionment
bed, emblem for
marriage. Failure
`Lying together', Gap between
being together and expectations and
falsehood in the reality.
marriage. `Goes
back so far' Marriage and the
reality of it.
Nature metaphor
to describe the ups Obstacles to love.
and downs of
marriage `Outside, Obstacles in
the wind's marriage.…read more

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I prize thy love
more than whole
mines of gold.
Christina Rossetti Remember `Remember me Memories
when I am gone
away, Death
Gone far away into
the silent land' Moving on
`do not grieve' Sonnet
`better by far you (Petrarchan)
should forget and
Than that you
should remember
and be sad'
E.E. Cummings My Sweet Old Etcetera Lack of War
punctuation. Misconceptions of
Typographic war provided by
innovation previous
generations.…read more

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W.H. Auden Funeral Blues `Stop all the clocks, Death and love
cut off the
telephone' Outside reflecting
feelings (wanting it
`the message, he is too)
`He was my north,
my south, my east,
my west.
My working week
and Sunday rest.
I thought that love
would last forever,
I was wrong.'
Carol Anne Duffy Havisham `Spinster.' Obsessive love
`Beloved Heartache
bastard' Class
`ropes.... Could Anger in love.
strangle with'
Mental effects of
`Give me a male love and
corpse for a long heartbreak.…read more


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