The Purpose of Poetry To Woo Women


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In the film Dead Poets Society, in which Robin William is starring as an English teacher by the name John Keating, one of the purposes of poetry discuss is ‘to woo women.’  This is in reference to the poems that are purposively composed to praise and woo women, also referred to as romantic poetry. Romantic poetry is ideally written to show the feminine tenderness and mean to inspire love (Nicholson 28).   Wooing women is a recurring theme and purpose in poems like Sappho Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”, Shakespeare’s “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” and Shakespeare’s “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”.  This study will analyze the purpose of wooing women as evident in these poems.