Presentation on theme: ""To My Dear and Loving Husband" If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare."— Presentation transcript:
"To My Dear and Loving Husband" If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me, ye women, if you can. Repetition of if – example of anaphora Consider the audience here? Repetition of a word or group of words at the beginning of a line. Iambic pentameter-unstressed, stressed, five feet per line
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold Or all the riches that the East doth hold. My love is such that rivers cannot quench, Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense. By 1650 some still believed there was a shortcut to get to the riches of the Indies in America Notice the imagery of physical wealth and ownership to represent emotional love. To put out, suppress, inhibit Means both nothing and an expression of duty Which does she intend? To compensate, to pay for, repay
Thy love is such I can no way repay, The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray. Then while we live, in love let's so persevere That when we live no more, we may live ever. Repay, again her tone is almost apologetic here. What would she need to repay? many times To continue This last line presents a paradox. How should they live now, if they are to live and love forever? How does this connect to the Puritan idea of predestination?
Terms to know… PARADOX-a seemingly contradictory statement that may nevertheless be true ANAPHORA-repetition of a word or words at the beginning of successive lines, clauses or sentences INVERSION/INVERTED SYNTAX-reversal in the expected order of words where the subject and direct object often come before the verb ARCHAIC LANGUAGE- words that are out of use--- thee, thou, wilst, ye etc. ALLUSION- an indirect reference to a person, place, event, or literary work (also biblical allusion)