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Song to Celia ("Drink to me only with thine eyes") Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
  1. Why is this poem obsessed with drinking? Or why is drinking one of its most dominant metaphors?
  2. If somebody wrote you this poem in a love letter would you laugh, cry, or feel deeply moved? Maybe something else?
  3. Does the large number of drinking references make the poem more or less romantic? Is it even romantic at all?
  4. How genuine are the speaker's feelings? Are there any clues that hint at how "for real" he is?
  5. Does Celia disappoint the speaker or is she all he wants her to be?
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