Romeo And Juliet Themes Of Love

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introduction I am going to explore the ways in which writers present different variations on the themes of love, Courtly/Petrarchan Love, Sexual love/the art of seduction and true love and finding similarities and differences within Romeo and Juliet, The Flea, To His Coy Mistress, Sonnet 116 and Sonnet 130. Petrarchan/Courtly love Petrarchan/Courtly Love is the main type of love that appears in the poems of Petrarch. It is very self centered as it isn’t having contact with what you are in love with, just being inside the head. This is shown in Romeo and Juliet at the start of the play. Romeo expresses courtly love for Rosaline although he hasn’t met her yet, this shows that Romeo is very childlike. The quotation, ‘Tut I have lost myself, I am not here, this is not Romeo he’s some other where’ shows an example of Romeos courtly love and shows how he remains stubborn in a hopeless situation of being in love with Rosaline. Petrarchan love is the type of love which focuses on the many different emotions placed on someone who is in love. Romeo postures and sighs over Rosaline, the focus is more on how Romeo feels and not on the object of his feelings. To his coy mistress To His Coy Mistress also links in with Petrarchan love, the poem makes a lot of reference to time and talks about if there was enough time he would do different things with her, he lists a lot of time frames such as, ‘I would love you ten years before the flood’, this refers to the biblical story of Noahs Ark and the flood. Another interesting quotation in the poem is ‘And you should if you please, refuse till the conversion of the Jews’ this shows that the poet is referring to the poem as he will love her until the Jews convert to Christians but they will never do this so he is using it as a way of saying he will love her forever. Comparing this poem with romeo and Juliet, romeo is desperately
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