O come, my life's delight! Let me not in languour pine! Love loves no delay; thy sight, The more delayed, the more divine!
The Shakesperean world is impressed, as a whole, with an unmistakable joy in healthy living. This tells habitually as a pervading spirit, a contagious temper, not as a creed put forward, or an example set up.
It is as clear in the presentment of Falstaff or lago, as Love and beauty shakespeare Horatio or Imogen. And nowhere is it clearer than in his handling of the relations between men and women.
Criminal love, of any kind, holds a quite subordinate place in his art; and, on the other hand, if ideal figures are to be found there, it is among his devoted, passionate, but arch and joyous women.
It is thus possible to lay down a Shakesperean norm or ideal type of love-relations. It is most distinct in the mature Comedies, where he is shaping his image of life with serene freedom; but also in the Tragedies, where a Portia or a Desdemona innocently perishes in the web of death.
In the earlier Comedies it is approached through various stages of erratic or imperfect forms.
The present study will follow the plan thus indicated. The third traces the gradual approach to the norm in the early Comedies.
The fourth and fifth sections, finally, discuss the treatment, in Comedy and Tragedy, of Love-types other than the norm. The Shakesperean norm of love, 1 thus understood, may be described somewhat as follows. Love is a passion, kindling heart, brain, and senses alike in natural and happy proportions; ardent but not sensual, tender but not sentimental, pure but not ascetic, moral but not puritanic, joyous but not frivolous, mirthful and witty but not cynical.
His lovers look forward to marriage as a matter of course, and they neither anticipate its rights nor turn their affections elsewhere. They commonly love at first sight and once for all. Love-relations which do not contemplate marriage occur rarely and in subordination to other dramatic purposes.
Tragedy like that of Gretchen does not attract him. The course of love rarely runs smooth; but rival suitors proposed by parents are quietly resisted or merrily abused, never, even by the gentlest, accepted. Crude young girls like Hermia, delicate-minded women like Desdemona and Imogen, the rapturous Juliet and the homely Anne Page, the discreet Silvia and the naive Miranda, are all at one on this point.
And they all carry the day.
And with this security of possession his loving women combine a capacity for mirth and jest not usual in the dramatic representation of passion. Rosalind is more intimately Shakesperean than Juliet. Married life, as Shakespeare habitually represents it, is the counterpart, mutatis mutandis, of his representation of unmarried lovers.
His husbands and wives have less of youthful abandon; they rarely speak of love, and still more rarely with lyric ardour, or coruscations of poetic wit.
But they are no less true. The immense field of dramatic motives based upon infringements of marriage, so fertile in the hands of his successors, and in most other schools of drama, did not attract Shakespeare, and he touched it only occasionally and for particular purposes.
II The norm of love lent itself both to comic and to tragic situation, but only within somewhat narrow limits. The richness, depth and constancy of the passion precluded a whole world of comic effects.Shakespeare's Exploration in Sonnet 2 of the Themes of Age and Beauty Words | 6 Pages.
Shakespeare's Exploration in Sonnet 2 of the Themes of Age and Beauty · Look closely at effects of language, imagery and handling of the sonnet form. The text and analysis of Shakespeare's sonnet Inner beauty is the theme.
Love poems Various authors Shakespeare's sonnets are not given here, as they are readily available on the main site. In Praise of Beauty. Of all my loves this is the first and last That in the autumn of my years has grown, A secret fern, a violet in the grass.
The 50 Shakespeare love quotes below are taken from the plays only So, without further ado, here are the all time top love quotes from Shakespeare: 1. ‘If music be the food of love, play on’ Which now shows all beauty of the Sun, And by and by a cloud takes all away’.
Themes in Shakespeare's Sonnets Although love is the overarching theme of the sonnets, there are three specific underlying themes: (1) the brevity of life, (2) the transience of beauty, and (3) the trappings of desire.
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Like “Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no, it is an ever-fixed mark Then of thy beauty do I question make, That thou among the wastes of time must go, Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake.