Basic Themes & Links
The Country Wife (William Mycherley)-----Satire used to emphasise infidelity
Othello (Shakespeare)-------Jelousy of the though of infidelity of spouse
Pain of Love
On His Deceased Wife (John Milton)---death of spouse
Tess of the D'Ubrbevilles (Hardy)----separation, death of child, relationship...
The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock (T.S. Elliot)-----fear of love & emptiness
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)-----essentail love, separation, death
Enduring Love (McEwan)-----unrequinted, misunderstanding, separation
Love is a Sickness (Samuel Daniel)-----difficulties of love
Declaration of Love
Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare)-----
Persuasion (Jane Austen)-----proposal
Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen)----proposals, siblings discussing
The Shepherd to His Love (?)---
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)----proposals, discussions
Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespear)---proposals, discussions
Twelfth Night (Shakespeare)--- discusion, proposals
Sons & Lovers (D.H. Lawrence)---Miriam/Clara & Paul
To His Coy Mistress (?)----reluctance & persuasion
The Country Wife (William Mycherley)---infidelity & persuasion
Love Song (W.H.Auden)-----physical strength of love
Summer With Monika (Roger McGough)----nothing but other half & you alone...
Joys of Love
Much Ado About Nothing (shakespeare)-----proposals, declarations
Sonnet 18 (Shakespeare)-----wanting his love to last forever
Twelfth Night (Shakespeare)----reunion, declaration...
Sonnet From the Portuguese (Elizabeth Barrett-Brown)----
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)-----nature, proposals, discussions, thought......
"...but have not love, I am nothing."
"...and they shall be one felsh."
"...Love is as strong as death."
the reference being unable to 'quench' or 'food/drown' love
Chaucer (only references)
The wife of Bath
Women dominating/manipulating men through their own way (also shown in The Taming of the Shrew)
Showing how morals are essentail (no ****!) and how being devoted to a spouse/loved one prevents infidelity and retains hepiness and constancy.
The Knight's Tale
Love can destroy a 'brotherly' friendship
Emotional love wins over physical love
The Franklin's Tale
the cruelty of love and how it can cuase so much suffering (the wife and her 'weeping' over the separation of her husband & a man who loves her but she is maried and unnatinable), but also the devotion of love (brotherly love, husband and wife)
16th & 17th Century Poetry
Love is a Sickness--------Samuel Daniel
"Love is a sickness full of woes, all remedies refusing."
Sonnet 18--------William Shakespeare
"Shall I compare thee to a summers day?
Sonet 130---------William Sakespeare
"I think my love as are as any she belied with false compare."
On His Deceased Wife--------John Milton
"I wak'd, she fled, and day brought back my night."
16th & 17th Century Plays
Romeo & Juliet-------William Shakespeare
"Young men's love then lies not truly in their heart, but in their eyes."
"My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep..."
The Taming of the Shrew
"...I burn, I pine, I perish..."
"Thy lord, thy king, thry govenor"
"I am ashamed women are so simple" (like Wife of Bath, manuipulate men)
Twelfth Night-----William Shakespeare
"If music be the fod of love play on"
"Joureneys end in lovers meeting"
The Country Wife-------------William Mycherly
Satire. the faults of society at the time through infidelity and wit, making fun of those such as Mr Pinchwife as his possesive jelous nature leads to his wife's neglect and infidelity as she is wooed.
Gap between Shakespeare and Mycherly as plays banned at one point. The Country Wife was one of the first plays when they were legitmised during 17th century (play ban lasted 20 odd years.......EVERYTHING FUN WAS BANNED!!!!!!!) [friend states: 'Oliver Cromwell was captain anti-fun']
18th & 19th Century Poetry
Sonnet of the Portuguese------Elizabeth barrett Browning
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
"I love thee freely; as men strive for right"
"I love thee purely"
"If God choose, i shall love thee better after death." (like Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 75, love can last forever)
A Red, Red Rose-------Robert Burns
"And i will come again. My lurve, tho' it were ten thousand mile!" (go to any length and distance to be with his lover)
A Broken Appointment--------Thomas Hardy
"Marching Tme drew on, and wore me numb" (personification of time through giving it captital T)
"love alone can lend you loyalty"
18th Century Prose
"For you alone I think and plan"
"I have loved none but you. Unjust i may have been, weak and resuntful i have been, but never inconstant"
Pride and Prejudice----Jane Austen
"You have bewitched me body and soul"
"It is universally kown that a single man in posession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife"
Jane Eyre-----------Charlotte Bronte
"You strange unearthly thing!-- I love you as my own flesh" (refers to the bible and being one)
use of pthetic fallacy to reflect situations (proposals, storms....)
Wuthering Heights-----Emily Bronte
"...my furture---death and hell"
"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same"
19th & 20th Century Plays
A Doll's House------Henrik Isben
Feminism, Nora going against societies expectation of her as a mother and wife to find herself.
Marraige during the Victoian era (though not in England)
Possessive and easily jelous husband, treating her like a doll...
"...most treasures possession" (possession of wife)
"Two ship wrecked souls"
The Importance of being Ernest-------Oscar Wilde
Satire as it highlights the ridiculour views on marraige in society such as money and how fashion was essental!!!!!
Krapp's Last tape------Samuel Beckett
A play highlighting how a loss of love and reluctance to causes bitterness later in life
19th & 20th Century Prose
Sons and lovers------D.H. lawrence
"He loved and almost worshiped her"
the spiritual love between Miriam and paul
the physical relationshi between Clara and Paul
Paul's relationship with his mother (paternal)
A Room With a View-------E.M.Forster
"he will not thik it worth while to live"
"the poets are right: liove is eternal"
Enduring Love-----Ian McEwan
"Faith is Joy"
"The beggining is simple to mark"
"We needed love"
"What i was seeing was love, and the slow agaony of its destruction"
20th Century Poetry
"Stop all the clocks"
"He was my North, my South, my East, my West"
"I though that love would last for ever: i was wrong"
Symptoms of Love------Robert Graves
"Love is a universal migraine....blotting out reason"
"Could you endure such grief"
Love Song------Ted Hughes
"Her smiles were Spider bites"
"But love is hard to stop"
"I the morning they wore each other's faces
Summer with Monika-----Roger McGough
"No one knows and no one sees we lovers doing as we please..."