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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 #1

Assist me, some extemporal god of rhyme, for I am
sure I shall turn sonnet. Devise wit, write pen, for I
am for whole volumes in folio. (1.2.183-185)

Here's how it works in this play: if you fall in love, you become a poet. We see this happen again and again with each of the men. It is interesting, though, that the women do not seem to express their feelings in writing like the men do. Why might this be the case?

Quote #2

This is a gift that I have, simple, simple—
a foolish extravagant spirit, full of forms,
figures, shapes, objects, ideas, apprehensions, motions,
revolutions. These are begot in the ventricle
of memory, nourished in the womb of pia mater,
and delivered upon the mellowing of occasion. (4.2.82-87)

For Holofernes, more is always more (and never less). We can see from this quote that he takes great pains to create lists, and this list is representative of his tendency to list in general. He never met a list he didn't like.

Quote #3

You find not the apostrophus, and so
miss the accent. Let me supervise the canzonet.(4.2.144-145)

Holofernes sees himself as the expert on all things literary.

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