Useful quotes for English

Parental love:

  • 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'
  • 'Othello'
  • 'The Song of the Old Mother'

Loss of love'parting:

  • 'The Voice'
  • 'Othello'
  • 'The Great Gatsby'

Young/first love:

  • 'When I Set Out For Lyonnesse'
  • 'Othello'
  • 'The Great Gatsby'

Marriage/adulterous love:

  • 'The Country Wife'
  • 'The Gift'
  • 'The Great Gatsby'

Forbidden love:

  • 'The Great Gatsby'
  • 'The Country Wife'
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Married/Adulterous Love

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925) -
   'He wasn't fit to lick my shoe' -
   'walking through her husband as if he were a ghost' -
   'I've had a very bad time' --> 'I'd be a god damned fool to live anywhere else' -
   'Daisy was not a Catholic' - 'lie' --> 'In my heart I love her all the time' --> 'tears were overflowing down his face' -
   'Inclined to reserve all judgement' 

The Country Wife, William Wycherley (1675) -
   'Marriage is rather a sign of interest than love' -
   'A woman of honour loses no honour with a private person' - 'the crimes the less' -
   'Write as I bid you or I will write 'whore' with this pen knife in your face' -
   'She is not within to come to him' 

The Gift, Vicki Feaver (1943-present) -
   'Strap scratching' - 'Belly and buttocks and back' -
   'gold leaves' -- 'and' -
   'flame' - 'fiery' -- 
'The wife and children he's left' -
   'You see her' 

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Young/First Love

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
   'At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete'
   'his appalling sentimentality'
   'wanted to recover something' --> 'A single green light, minute and far away'
   'Stir and bustle among the stars'

Othello, William Shakespeare, (1604)
   'She'd come again, and with a greedy ear'
   'And often did beguille her of her tears'
   'she wished That heaven made her such a man'
   'The rites for which I love him are bereft me'
   'I'll be left behind, A moth of peace' 

'When I Set Out For Lyonnesse, Thomas Hardy (1898)
   'The rime was on the spray' --> 'radiance'
   'With magic in my eyes'
   'nor did the wisest wizard guess

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Forbidden/Illicit Love

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
   'I'll say I was' - 'She stood it pretty well'
   'Competitive firmness'
   'Stir and bustle among the stars' --> 'Paid a high price for livign too long with a single dream'
   'afraid they would dart down a side street and out of his life forever' 

The Country Wife, William Wycherley (1675)
   'My husband will kill me' - 'tormenting fiend'
   'I see plainly, he won't let me love Mr Horner'
   'tis hard, let me tell you, to resist him' --> 'Since you'll have me tell more lies' 

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Parental Love

Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres (1944)
   'Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides' - 'facts'
   'Fascist's whore'
   'When all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we wereone tree'

   'People will throw stones at you and spit, you know that, don't you?' 
   'No, do not blush, I am telling you some truths' 

Othello, William Shakespeare (1604)
   'trust not your daughters minds'
   'I am glad at soul I have no other child' - 'I've done' 

   'My daughter is not for thee' --> 'Against all rules of nature'
   'It is too true an evil' - 'practices of cunning hell'

The Song of the Old Mother, William Butler Yeats (1899)
   'fire' -- 'flicker and glow' --> 'feeble and cold'
   'lie long'
   'scrub, and bake, and sweep'

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Loss/Parting of Love

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
   'She only married you because I was poor'
   'So we beat on, boats against the current, bourne back ceaselessly into the past'
   'wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath'
   'As if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house' -- 'A single green light, minute and far away'
   'read a Chicago paper for years just on the chance of catching a glimpse of Daisy's name'

Othello, William Shakespeare (1604)
   'Put out the light' -- 'When I have plucked the rose'
   'He kneels'
   'I will chop her into messes'
   'If it were now to die, 'Twere now to be most happy' --> 
'Excellent wretch'

The Voice, Thomas Hardy (1912)
   'Leaves around me falling' -- 'faltering forward'
   'Listlessness' -- 'Wistlessness'
   'Wait for me: Yes, as I knew you then'
   'Even to the original air-blue gown' --> 'dissolved'

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Medieval/ Pre-Elizabethan--> Courtly Love: adulterous and passionate love based on desire between a knight and lady, seen as virtuous. Passion was considered sinful until the 13th Century where Courtly Love wore away this convention. Ladies found glorification when a knight selected her, this was any lady but his wife. The knight promised to be ardent, secretive and courteous and could be executed if the husband found out as well as fathers of the lady, exiled. Poems at the time were intended to be sung. Women, treated as property in the nobility class, and marriage was a business contract.

Renaissance/ Elizabethan--> Women were their father's property who would choose a rich, respectable husband and she would then become his property. Era of the rediscovery of classical areas, writers considered love by way of earlier intellectual examples. The presentation of love shows the religious, political and cultural concerns.
Metaphysical poerty: concerned with sex, natural science, physical attraction, challenging conventions of society during an era of exploration. Bring drama and the theatre to poetry.

Restoration--> Era when all the restrictions of Cromwell's reign were released sparking literature of satire. Explores fashionable but controversial behaviour in the upper class like adultery and cuckolds, emphasis on money. Men are dominant over women who are treated as ignorant and secretive second class citizens.

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Context cont.

Romantic/18th Century--> Romantics believe in expressive arts, love and nature, emotion, imagination and creativity; so love was presented as perfect, natural (relating to nature), an emotion, so both physical and emotional. Marriage did not involve this as involved a convenient and respectable partnership with male dominance within the same class. Start of the era was Enlightenment, exploring social upheaval and political satire, and then developed into romanticism.

Victorian--> Marriage for money and status in the upper class, fallen women emerging in society and literature explores their love and loss as well as the negatives of the marriage commitment. Use of science, empire crumbling to show love and look back at the perfect love of the past.

Modernist(1914-45)--> Declining morals and traditions as people question them. Presenting desire, physical and short-term relationships. Marriage for material, writers criticise love in society. Women unequal. Roaring Twenties: Affluent and moral-less, becoming rich 'American Dream', flappers. WW1 and 2: Oppotunities for new experiences of love.  

Post-Modern--> Change and questioning society. Equality for women, question religion. Equality in love: Divirce acceptable, homosexuality legal, sex and family out of wedlock all explored in Literature which takes intense subjects & uses ideas from the past.

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