Shakespeare vs. Lady Mary Wroth

“Sigh No More”

By William Shakespeare

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more.
    Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea, and one on shore,
    To one thing constant never.
Then sigh not so, but let them go,
    And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
    Into hey nonny, nonny.
Sing no more ditties, sing no moe
    Of dumps so dull and heavy.
The fraud of men was ever so
    Since summer first was leafy.
Then sigh not so, but let them go,
    And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
    Into hey, nonny, nonny.
Lady Mary Wroth provided us with sonnets and songs from a woman’s perspective. On Wednesday we read P94, where she basically reprimands men for the way that they are and urges them to be better. As in a lot of her other writing, Wroth compares man’s lack of constancy, with women’s unyielding loyalty. P94 reminded me of Shakespeare’s song “Sigh No More,” because the song talks about how scorned women should just chalk it up to men are the way that they are and not take it personally. Men are just deceivers and to one thing constant never. P94 could almost be a response to this idea Shakespeare poses and as if to say, “no we won’t accept it and we won’t let it go. You have to do better.”
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