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Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost


by William Shakespeare

Love's Labour's Lost Man and the Natural World Quotes

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

Quote #4

Thy eye Jove's lightning bears, thy voice his dreadful
Which, not to anger bent, is music and sweet fire.

In the imagery he uses to describe Rosaline, we can see that Berowne is nature's student.

Quote #5

Consider what you first did swear unto,
To fast, to study, and to see no woman;
Flat treason 'gainst the kingly state of youth. (4.3.291-293, Arden edition)

The law of nature is primary, according to Berowne.

Why Arden edition? Part of Berowne's monologue was omitted from the Folger edition as it was not in the original play (and thus of questionable origin).

Quote #6

Allons! Allons! Sowed cockle reaped no corn…(4.3.377)

The men have decided to woo the women. With nature embraced, Berowne uses the language of farming to say "nothing ventured, nothing gained." ("Allons" at the beginning of the sentence is French for "let's go.")

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