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ALISON by ANONYMOUS
COURTLY- "whittore than the swon", "water in wore", "mournen evermore"
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BOOK OF THE DUTCHESS by CHAUCER
DEATH, HEARTBREAK, WOMANS DOMINATION- "she took me in her governaunce", "hert-huntyng"
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TROILUS AND CRISEYDE by CHAUCER
LOVE GONE WRONG- "she cometh to-nyght, my lif that dorst I leye!"
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LE MORTE D'ARTHUR by SIR THOMAS MALLORY
UNRECIPROCATED LOVE, DEATH- "then I must die for your love", "my good days are done"
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SIR GAWAYN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT by GAWAYN POET/ SIMON ARMITAGE
LUST/ SEDUCTION, FEMME FATALE- "laughing warmly she walks towards him and finds his face with the friendliest kiss"
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FULGENS AND LUCRECE by HENRY MEDWALL
WOMANS DOMINANCE, COMPETITIVE LOVE- "in feats of war or deeds of chivalry, with him I will go" "[maid beats both and exit]"
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TEN SONNETS 'i' by THOMAS WYATT
WOMANS DOMINANCE (and lack of), POSSESSION- "draw from the Deer, but as she fleeth afore fainting I follow", "and graven with diamonds in letters plain there is written her fair neck round about... for Caesar's I am"
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REMEMBRANCE by THOMAS WYATT
UNRECIPROCATED LOVE, POWER- "they flee from me... naked foot stalking... gentle, tame and meek", "to take bread at my hand; and now they range busily seeking with a continual change"
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TAMBURLAINE by CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
MENS DOMINANCE, MONEY, DEATH- "these letters and commands are countermanded by a greater man", "keep your treasure safe", "black is the beauty of the brightest day; the golden ball of heaven's eternal fire", "to entertain divine Zenocrate"
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EDWARD II by CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
TRANSGRESSIVE LOVE, HOMOSEXUALITY, UNRECIPROCATED LOVE, JEALOUSY- "so I may have some nook or corner left to frolic with my dearest gaveston", "the King is love-sick for his minion", "I from myself am banished", "'tis thou that robbst me of my lord"
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AS YOU CAME FROM THE HOLY LAND by SIR WALTER RALEIGH
HEARTBREAK, DEATH, LOVE GONE WRONG, ambiguous- "she hath lefte me here all alone all alone as unknowne", "he is won wth a world of dispayre and is lost with a joye", "love is a durable fyre in the mynde ever burnynge"
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THE BARGAIN by SIR PHILIP SYDNEY
MUTUAL LOVE- "my true love hath my hart, and I have his", " his hart in me... my hart in him"
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THE FLEA by JOHN DONNE
LUST/ SEDUCTION, UNRECIPROCATED LOVE- "it sucks me first, and now sucks thee, and in this flea, our two bloods mingled be", "we're met and cloistered in these living walls of jet"
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A NOCTURNAL UPON ST. LUCY'S DAY by JOHN DONNE
DEATH, HEARTBREAK- "the general balm th' hydroptic earth hath drunk, whither... life is shrunk, dead and interred; yet all these seem to laugh, compared to me", "he ruined me, and I am re-begot of absence, darkness, death; things which are not"
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PARADISE LOST by JOHN MILTON
SEXIST LOVE, DOMINATION IN LOVE- "of him thou art his flesh, his bone; to give thee being I lent out my side to thee", "beauty is excelled by manly grace and wisdom", "her beauty and submissive charms"
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THE POET LOVES A MISTRESSE, BUT NOT TO MARRY by ROBERT HERRICK
LUST/ SEDUCTION, SEXIST? ambiguous- "I do not love to wed, though I do like to wooe", "Ile hug, Ile Kisse, Ile play, and Cock-like Hens Ile tread"
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TO THE VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME by ROBERT HERRICK
CARPE DIEM, YOUNG LOVE- " gather ye rose-buds while ye may, old time is still a flying", "this same flower that smilies today, to morrow will be dying"
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TO HIS COY MISTRESS by ANDREW MARVELL
LUST/ SEDUCTION, CARPE DIEM- "I always hear Time's winged chariot hurrying near: and yonder all before us lie deserts of vast eternity", "worms shall try that long preserved virginity... your quaint honour turned to dust"
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A SONG OF A YOUNG LADY TO HER ANCIENT LOVER by JOHN WILMOT
MAY-DECEMBER LOVE, LUST/ SEDUCTION- "brooding kisses I will pour shall thy youthful heart restore", "soothed by my reviving hand, in former warmth and vigor stand"
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PAMELA by SAMUEL RICHARDSON
UNRECIPROCATED LOVE, MENS DOMINANCE- "I found his hand in my bosom", "screamed and fainted away. And still he had his arms around my neck"
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SHAMELA by HENRY FIELDING
PARODY, WOMANS DOMINANCE- "his hand into by bosom, which I... press close to me with mine", "o what a silly fellow is a bashful young lover"
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ELEGY TO THE MEMORY OF AN UNFORTUNATE LADY by ALEXANDER POPE
LOVE GONE WRONG, DEATH- "is there no bright reversion in the sky for those who greatly think, or bravely die?", "into the air the purer spirits flow", "these cheeks now fading at the blast of death"
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LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI by JOHN KEATS
HEARTBREAK/ CYNICISM, DEATH, FEMME FATALE, MADNESS? ambiguous- "on thy cheeks a fading rose fast withereth too", "pale kings and princes... pale warriors, death-pale were they all"
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LUCY by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
DEATH, HEARTBREAK- "there were none to praise and very few to love", "few could know when Lucy ceased to be; but she is in her grave, and, oh, the difference to me!"
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SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY by LORD BYRON
MUTUAL LOVE- "all that's best of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes", "thoughts serenely sweet express how pure, how dear their dwelling place"
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LOVE PHILOSOPHY by PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
LUST/ SEDUCTION, UNRECIPROCATED LOVE- "nothing in the world is single; all things by a law divine in one spirit meet and mingle"
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DON JUAN by LORD BYRON
LUST/ SEDUCTION- "like bees swarming they clung- their hearts the flowers from whence the honey sprung"
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TESS OF D'URBERVILLES by THOMAS HARDY
LOVE GONE WRONG, SEXIST LOVE, LUST, HEARTBREAK, MENS DOMINANCE- "never be so happy again", "Tess then lost her strange and ethereal beauty"
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LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER by D.H LAWRENCE
TRANSGRESSIVE LOVE, LUST, MALE DOMINANCE- "she lay quite still, in a sort of sleep", "he was a strange man to her"
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THE GOOD SOLDIER by FORD MADOX FORD
LOVE GONE WRONG, ADULTERY, UNRECIPROCATED LOVE, MAY-DECEMBER LOVE- "the most beautiful thing in the world- it was almost as if Leonora has become pinched, shrivelled, blue with cold, shivering, suppliant", "you must belong to Edward"
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1984 by GEORGE ORWELL
LOVE GONE WRONG, TRANSGRESSIVE?- "as soon as I saw you I knew you were against them", "'I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones'... 'I'm corrupt to the bones'"
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THE COUNTRY WIFE by WILLIAM WYCHERLEY
ADULTERY, LUST/ SEDUCTION- "a secret is better kept... therefore pray do not trust anybody else with it", "he is coming into you the back way", "I cannot make china for you all"
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THE BEAUX STRATAGEM by GEORGE FARQUHAR
LOVE GONE WRONG, UNRECIPROCATED LOVE- "since a woman must wear chains, I would have the pleasure of hearing 'em rattle a little", "O matrimony!... O the pleasure"
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THE WASTELAND by T.S. ELIOT
LOVE GONE WRONG, CORRUPTION- "if you don't give it him, there's others will", "others can pick and choose if you can't", "HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME"
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DEATH, HEARTBREAK, WOMANS DOMINATION- "she took me in her governaunce", "hert-huntyng"

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BOOK OF THE DUTCHESS by CHAUCER

Card 3

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LOVE GONE WRONG- "she cometh to-nyght, my lif that dorst I leye!"

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Card 4

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UNRECIPROCATED LOVE, DEATH- "then I must die for your love", "my good days are done"

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Card 5

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LUST/ SEDUCTION, FEMME FATALE- "laughing warmly she walks towards him and finds his face with the friendliest kiss"

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