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(1552 - 13 January 1599 / London / England)

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My Love Is Like To Ice

My love is like to ice, and I to fire:
How comes it then that this her cold so great
Is not dissolved through my so hot desire,
But harder grows the more I her entreat?
Or how comes it that my exceeding heat
Is not allayed by her heart-frozen cold,
But that I burn much more in boiling sweat,
And feel my flames augmented manifold?
What more miraculous thing may be told,
That fire, which all things melts, should harden ice,
And ice, which is congeal's with senseless cold,
Should kindle fire by wonderful device?
Such is the power of love in gentle mind,
That it can alter all the course of kind.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • Douglas Scotney (9/30/2013 8:28:00 PM)

    miraculous artifice of wit, Ed.

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  • Liliana ~el (9/30/2013 6:03:00 PM)

    A very odd relationship indeed.. the phenomenas, mystery, unexpected...The power of lovely relationships! ! :)

  • Joumana Bghz (9/30/2013 3:50:00 PM)

    i love it! ! it is so sensitive! really! !

  • Karen Sinclair (9/30/2013 2:47:00 AM)

    Hahaha! Something's never change with time. The cool aloof lady warmed the cockles of his heart and this made him want her even more. I liked how this is relevant so much today as much as it did at the time.

  • Deepak Malhotra (9/30/2013 2:43:00 AM)

    this love is not easy, just absorb in your mind
    it's a sea full of fire
    Love is drowning into boiling water

  • Deepak Malhotra (9/30/2013 2:37:00 AM)

    this love is not easy, just absorb in your mind
    it's a sea full of fire
    Love is drowning into boiling water

  • Augusta Pearce (9/30/2012 12:03:00 PM)

    A lovely poem that speaks the truth

  • Allemagne Roßmann (9/30/2012 7:54:00 AM)

    A greate write and honoured to read this

  • Ashley Felix (9/30/2011 9:09:00 PM)

    Beautiful Poem. I look up to poets like him. His poems still live, and I hope to be as great and known as him.

  • Robert Graber (9/30/2011 2:05:00 PM)

    This is an exemplar of an artificial 'problem' created and then 'solved' to demonstrate the poet's wit-a basic feature of many Elizabethan courtly-love sonnets.

    Robert Bates Graber
    Author, PLUTONIC SONNETS

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