Samuel Washburn Prof. Russell EN 231 2 October 2014 The Poetic Argument Between Dr. Johnathan Swift and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Dr. Swift’s, The Lady’s Dressing Room, is an 18th century satirical poem that addresses British social issues via the lens of feminine beauty, and how that beauty is a form of artifice. The poem uses beauty as a sort of philosophical metaphor for the main character, Strephon, to confront the realistic underbelly of feminine beauty/hygiene, which is portrayed as lurid and shocking, for the purpose of personal and social vanity. The poem was labeled misogynistic at the time of its writing, and continues to be viewed as such.
Throughout William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130,” the reader is constantly tricked into thinking he will compare his mistress to something beautiful and romantic, but instead the speaker lists beautiful things and declares that she is not like them. His language is unpredictable and humor is used for a majority of the poem. This captivating sonnet uses elements such as tone, parody, images, senses, form, and rhyme scheme to illustrate the contradicting comparisons of his mistress and the overarching theme of true love. Shakespeare uses parody language to mock the idea of a romantic poem by joking about romance, but ultimately writes a poem about it.
The play Cyrano de Bergerac is about a love triangle between Roxane, Cyrano, and Christian. Christian and Cyrano desire Roxane’s love, but Christian has the upper hand because of his outer beauty. Cyrano writes letters conveying his love to Roxane, but allows Christian to use them as his own. Christian wins Roxane’s heart by deceit and eventually realizes that Roxane only loves the fake version of him. Although Christian uses Cyrano, he is a noble and honest man because he wants to tell Roxane regardless of how he feels about her.
He is very bipolar towards Ophelia, but he can be madly In love at the same time. As Hamlet tells Ophelia, “I did love you once” (III.i.141). Hamlet admits that he did love Ophelia once, but did he stop loving her now? Why did he stop loving her? Ophelia 's father commanded her to stop seeing
This means that Romeo is confused of whether or not she knows he is there. Romeo uses juxtaposition and paradox to show his love for Rosaline, and how he wants to love Juliet. This characterizes Juliet as perfect, and Romeo as loving. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, juxtaposition, paradox, and oxymoron are used to create characterization.
The character of Antonio in Twelfth Night was almost a requirement for the plot that Shakespeare delivered; not only did he provide a gift that connected the two characters of Sebastian and Cesario, but he also provided an example of devoted love. The devoted love that Shakespeare portrayed through Antonio’s speeches and actions provide a striking contrast to the love that Duke Orsino had throughout the plot. Even the gift that Antonio presents in the play is a symbol of his greater love compared to any of the other characters. Shakespeare uses Antonio to oppose the Petrarchan lover theme, as a tool to connect characters and to prove the final message of the play; undying love has no boundaries.
Am Offering This Poem¨ were written one hundred years apart, they both come to the conclusion that words have more power than looks. But they have different ways of how and why they believe so. We see clearly that in ¨Cyrano de Bergerac¨ and ¨I Am Offering This Poem¨ use words as opposed to looks.
This tells the reader or audience, how Romeo is serious about his feelings for love. In response to Romeo’s quote about Rosaline and his love for her, Mercutio states “If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down”(I.iv,27-28). This expresses how Mercutio is mocking and light-hearted when it comes to love hence, making him seem as if he does not take life in a serious matter. To sum up, Mercutio mocks and jokes about Romeo’s serious love that he shares with Rosaline, thus making these two characters foil in the
Some men couldn’t even tell you their mistress’ favorite color , who they supposedly “ loved” In Sonnet 130, Shakespeare goes into detail about what specifically , makes him feel a certain way pertaining to his mistress. Shakespeare uses a critical and observant tone to suggest that with all her flaws , he still loves her no matter what she looks like. Shakespeare’s comparisons helps us see what he see’s. He gives us a visual on what his mistress looks like. In Sonnet 130, Shakespeare uses a critical tone to describe his mistress. For example, “ If
Shakespeare uses Viola (Cesario) as an example of a mechanism that can throw internal conflicts into temporary chaos. Viola willingly faces whatever comes in her way. Her love for Duke Orsino seems too constant and true, unlike the other characters in the play. The temporary chaos of the play is when Viola falls in love with Orsino, who falls in love with Olivia, who on the other hand falls in love with Viola’s disguise, Cesario. This love triangle is very complicated as none of them realize that Cesario is a woman, making this an internal conflict for Viola, as she cannot ‘truly’ love whom she wants.
According to Jamieson “Shakespeare’s treatment of love in the play is complex and multifaceted. He uses love in its many guises to thread together the key relationships in the play” (Lee 1). First, we see Romeo is in love with Rosaline in the beginning of the play. In today society we might describe it as “Puppy Love.” Laurence did not believe it will last long: Romeo says “Thou chid’st me oft for loving Rosaline” and Laurence replies “For doting, not for loving, pupil mine” (Shakespeare 11.iii.).
Yet Romeo and Juliet 's love is one that transcends the orthodox realms of society and goes against what is socially appropriate. Even Friar Lawrence makes this distinction when he speaks of the difference between loving and doting. This is the difference between Romeo 's feelings for Rosaline and for Juliet. His love for Rosaline being trivial and juvenile while his feelings for Juliet are more intense and even at times imply a vague sense of religious idolatry. Juliet too, shares similar feelings which is displayed in her soliloquy, thinking of Romeo: “My only love sprung from my only hate!”
How would the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet be affected without the benevolence of Benvolio Montague? Shakespeare 's legendary tale of romantic tragedy explores the story of how two “-star crossed lovers-” (I.i.5) who, ultimately, take their lives in order to be together and escape the conflict between their two families. Benvolio’s peace-making skills within the play are demonstrated throughout the abundance of conflicts that plague the tale; his altruistic and compassionate personality burns a fervent effect on others, whilst not excluding him from the effects of friendly peer-pressure. Most crucially, he pledges to his convictions by being the bearer and speaker of the pure truth, even in the face of calamity. Benvolio’s character,
“This sonnet compares the speaker’s lover to a number of other beauties and never in the lover’s favor”(“Shakespeare Sonnets”). The speaker compares his mistress to things against her favor; things that are more preferred. “Sonnet 130”, “I love to hear her speak, yet well I know that music hath a far more pleasing sound” (Line 9). The speaker also demonstrates that although there are things that are better than her, his love for her is so strong he is willing to choose her over all other things that are more pleasing to him. The speaker proves this by saying, “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare as any she belied with false compare”(line 13-14).
The sonnet “For That He Looked Not upon Her” , written by english poet George Gascoigne, tells of a story between a man and a woman, and the speaker goes into details about their relationship with each other. The speaker describes his complex relationship with the woman, and using literary devices such as a confusing and conflicting tone, and almost victim-like metaphors, describes his attracted, but yet doubtful attitude towards the woman. The confusing and conflicting tone set within the story helps describe and expand the complex attitudes of the speaker. The speaker’s use of this tone shows how he has conflicted feelings to the woman, as if he wants to chase after her, but he knows that nothing good may come out of it.