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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 #7

ROSALINE
My face is but a moon, and clouded too.
KING
Blessèd are clouds, to do as such clouds do!
Vouchsafe, bright moon, and these thy stars, to
   shine,
Those clouds removed, upon our watery eyne. (5.2.214-218)

Rosaline, masked as the Princess, tries to give the King a clue that she's only second in this party (i.e., not the sun). The King just hears romance.

Quote #8

SPRING
When daisies pied and violets blue,
    And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
    Do paint the meadows with delight,
The cuckoo then on every tree
Mocks married men; for thus sings he:
                                                              'Cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo!' O word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear!
(5.2.399)

Like we said, Spring is all about sexual activity. "Cuckoo" is unwelcome to the married man's ear because it sounds like "cuckold" – someone whose wife is cheating on him. Shakespeare often ended plays with teasing, lighthearted songs like this.

Quote #9

WINTER
When blood is nipped, and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl
'Tu-whit to-who.' A merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. (4.2.990-993)

While Spring is about sex, Winter is about endurance. The verse points out the potentially bleak side of marriage.

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