Love through the ages poetry

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Love through the age’s poetry

Sonnet 18:

·         About: Starts with a question “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” then goes on to give reasons why he should not compare her to a summers day “too short… too hot” but biggest reason is because nothing stays the same “death brag” and he believes that “thy eternal summer shall not fade”

·         Structure/form: Sonnet, enjambment of the idea of “eternal lines” in the octet part that “gives life to thee” in the sestet part comes together to mean that his lover will always live on because of this poem

Sonnet 180:

·         About: Ridicules courtly love conventions by saying “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” but we then learn it is because he thinks “my love as rare as any she believed with false compare” so saying the truth about his love makes it more real than other loves

·         Structure/Form: Sonnet, ends with rhyming couplet to leave powerful message

The Good Morrow:

·         About: Wondering how he lived without his lover before “were we not wean’d till then?” has ideas of them still being children or being asleep up until the point where they met and that any other woman he was with “’twas but a dream of thee” they’re not worried about one straying from the other because when they are together they represent the whole world conceit of the poem is that “our two loves be one, or thou and I love so alike that none can slacken, none can die”

·         Structure/form:  Lyric, ends with powerful idea last two lines, stanza lengths all the same could signify equality of their love

Valediction: Forbidden Mourning

·         About: Idea that good people would die peacefully so much so that that their friends don’t know whether they are alive or dead “”Now his breath goes “and some say “No.”“  because to make noise of sadness would be a “Profanation of our joys” and telling common people of their love  unlike lovers that are only in love when they are together they’re love is so “refined” they don’t always need to be together like a gold leaf thin and precious their love just spreads out. Imagery of a compass “Thy soul, the fix’d foot, makes no show to move, but doth, if th’ other do.” To show that they’re constantly guiding each other and that she has to stay firm so he returns to where he belongs.

·         Structure/form: Filled with enjambment makes it seem like one long declaration of love, stanza lengths the same maybe showing consistence in message

To His Coy Mistress:

·         About: Talks about if there was enough time being coy wouldn’t be a “crime” and he would spend he “long love’s day” wooing her but he feels “Time’s winged chariot hurrying near” and death will soon claim them taking away what they thought important in life “worms shall try that long preserv’d virginity”…


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