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Sonnet 151: Love Is Too Young To Know What Conscience Is

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Love is too young to know what conscience is;
Yet who knows not conscience is born of love?
Then, gentle cheater, urge not my amiss,
Lest guilty of my faults thy sweet self prove.
For thou betraying me, I do betray
My nobler part to my gross body's treason;
My soul doth tell my body that he may
Triumph in love; flesh stays no farther reason,
But, rising at thy name, doth point out thee
As his triumphant prize. Proud of this pride,
He is contented thy poor drudge to be,
To stand in thy affairs, fall by thy side.
No want of conscience hold it that I call,
Her "love" for whose dear love I rise and fall.
Sweet music it is to my nose!
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Fabrizio Frosini 01 February 2016
However none of this is much use in guiding our interpretations, for we lack the background knowledge of the fault that he is charged with, which he threatens to throw back upon his mistress, and we do not have information from other sources that Cupid and conscience were linked in any way. The poem explores the relationship between sexuality and love, and comes to the conclusion that the two cannot be separated, a conclusion at variance with the established tradition, from Petrarch onwards, which emphasises the soul at the expense of the body, and veers much more towards the neo-Platonic view that only the visions of the soul are worthy of consideration. shakespeares-sonnets.com/
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Brian Jani 26 April 2014
Awesome I like this poem, check mine out
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Egal Bohen 01 March 2008
Here Shakespeare talks of conscience, youth and treason Of love's triumph over flesh he doth recall It seems the lack of an ability to reason Results in votes of 1 from simple fools
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