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Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost


by William Shakespeare

Love's Labour's Lost Literature and Writing Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line)

Quote #4

HOLOFERNES: I will prove those verses to be very unlearned, neither savouring of poetry, wit, nor invention. I beseech your society. (4.2.43)

Holofernes will critique Berowne's letter in depth. These two have in common that they can't stand any writing but their own.

Quote #5

BEROWNE: By heaven, I do love; and it hath taught me to rhyme, and to be melancholy; and here is part of my rhyme, and here my melancholy. (4.3.1)

Just a few lines earlier, Berowne was calling to be hanged if he loves. But here he accepts his love and begins to understand emotionally his own argument in the first scene – that love can bring knowledge, too.

Quote #6

LONGAVILLE: I fear these stubborn lines lack power to move.
O sweet Maria, empress of my love!
These numbers will I tear, and write in prose. (4.3.12)

Longaville suffers a writer's insecurity and thinks he should give up on this poetry stuff. By "numbers" he means the meter in his poem.

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