English Literature A2 Wider Reading- Love Through the Ages

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Edmund Spenser- "My Love is like to ice, and I to fire" (use this as quotation).
Elizabethan & in sonnet form
Extended comparison.

Shakespeare- Sonnet 130- "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" (use this as quotation) 
Same era, very different poem from others in terms of how love is presented.


Andrew Marvell- To His Coy Mistress- "And tear our pleasures with rough strife"- sexual
                                                images of "empires" and "rubies"- relevant to new world etc 


Wordsworth- Composed upon Westminster Bridge- "Earth has not anything to show more fair"
Typically nature imagery was used but here the city is being adored and made beautiful. 

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e.e. cummings - "[i carry your heart with me (i carry it in]"

"i carry your heart with me (i carry it in / my heart) i am never without it" 

Use of parenthesis to show detail/togetherness - adds sense of intimacy.

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A Doll's House- Henrik Ibsen (1879)

- Controlling nature of marriage at the time
- use of derogatory descriptions of Nora as a "sparrow" and "child"
- stage directions- "(following her)"

Translations- Brian Friel- 1980 

- love transcends language- stage directions show intimacy- "she holds his face in her hand" 

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Wuthering Heights (1847) - Emily Bronte

"whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same"
- confusion about types of love; were Heathcliff & Cathy romantic lovers or childhood soulmates?

A Room With a View (1908)- E.M. Forster

"he contemplated her, as one who had fallen out of heaven"
"I have a view!"  

- idea that George gives Lucy a view, allows her to see the light etc.

The Great Gatsby (1925) F. Scott Fitzgerald

- "I did love him once- but I loved you too!"
- "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!"
- "At his lips touch she blossomed for him like a flower, and the incarnation was complete"

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