My 'Love Throughout the Ages' Quotes

My notes and quotes in a brief form as quick revision.

Quotes, references and explanation

However have not added all i refer to, then there would be to many!!!!! sorry

Hope others also find it useful!!!

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The Country Wife (William Mycherley)-----Satire used to emphasise infidelity

Othello (Shakespeare)-------Jelousy of the though of infidelity of spouse

Pain of Love

Othello (Shakespeare)----maddness

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

Sexual relationship

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......

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The Bible

"...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

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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)

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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."

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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']

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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"

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18th Century Prose

Persuasion-------Jane Austen

"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

" furture---death and hell"

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same"

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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

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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"

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20th Century Poetry

Twelve Songs-----W.H.Auden

"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..."

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Hayley Liddle


To His Coy Mistress is by Andrew Marvell :)



This is amazing!! helped me out so much :) thank youu!!

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