Christopher Marlowe

Canterbury, England
Christopher Marlowe
Canterbury, England
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Who Ever Loved That Loved Not At First Sight?

Rating: 3.5
It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin,
We wish that one should love, the other win;

And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots, like in each respect:
The reason no man knows; let it suffice
What we behold is censured by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?
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COMMENTS
Varsha M 14 February 2021
Yes sir your words are true. We love because both invest. It's never first sight effect.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 14 February 2021
This Marlowe poem is marvelous! . Oft ambigeuos but beautiful ten lines brevity. Bravo! 5 Stars! Congratulations as The Classic Poem Of The Day! CM is one of my fav. Classic poets
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Shaun Cronick 07 April 2020
That big debate about Marlowe writings and Shakespeare. That one will never be resolved.
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Seayee 12 February 2020
How to understand the sentence that We wish one should love, the other win? Dose it mean their must be a winner between the couples?
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Jen Hunt 22 October 2018
I like it a lot, very interesting. Also, Christopher Marlowe and Shakespeare are the same person. Trust me
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ZAINA 18 September 2018
NC POEME AND ILIKE IT
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Moses Owence 17 January 2018
Written centuries ago,but it still pierces the contemporary society.
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I think this poem is purposefully ambiguous like most of his poems ... Asking a question for us to ponder the answer ...
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Ratnakar Mandlik 08 April 2017
Very true, it is not in our power to love or hate
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Bill Wright 30 August 2016
Love at first sight, happened to me, but I am not sure I agree that it is the only way to fall in love. Some relationships are slow burners where folk get to love each other the more they find out about each other.
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