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Analysis of "On Her Loving Two Equally " by Aphra Behn

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Transcript of Analysis of "On Her Loving Two Equally " by Aphra Behn

Analysis of "On Her Loving Two Equally " by Aphra Behn
The poem can be found in the textbook, page 612
Aphra Behn
1640 – 1689

The first English professional female literary writer.

Genre: amatory fiction
Context
I stanza - introduces to the problem

II stanza - explores the feeling of the speaker in a deeper way.

III stanza - conclusion, speaker decides that Cupid has to judge.
Prepared by Sigita Gabrenaite, Gabriele Uselyte and Rimvydas Puskorius
...Aphra says that she is between two loves, Damon and Alexis.

... she loves them equally but not always at the same time.

...it is important to remember that the poem was written in the 17th century.
All in all...
Title of the Poem
"On Her Loving
Two Equally"
Speaker loves both
of them equally
Speaker feels that it's equal love but the reader sees it as almost a 50/50 love and a 50/50 hate
Have you noticed any repetition in this poem?
Repetition of Alexis' name
Repetition of Damon's name
5 times
5 times
Characters' names
ALEXIS
DAMON
APHRA
From the Greek name which meant "helper" or "defender".
From the Greek name meaning "to tame". As an English given name, it has only been regularly used since the 20th century.
Rhythm
How strongly does my passion flow,
Divided equally 'twixt two?
Damon had ne'er subdued my heart,
Had not Alexis took his part;
Nor could Alexis powerful prove,
Without my Damon's aid, to gain my love.

When my Alexis present is,
Then I for Damon sigh and mourn;
But when Alexis I do miss,
Damon gains nothing but my scorn.
But if it chance they both are by,
For both alike I languish, sigh, and die.

Cure then, thou mighty winged god,
This restless fever in my blood;
One golden-pointed dart take back:
But which, O Cupid, wilt thou take?
If Damon's, all my hopes are crossed;
Or that of my Alexis, I am lost.
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Thank You for Your Attention!
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