"Rosalind's Madrigal," from "Rosalind."

Lodge, Thomas; Bolton, Matthew J.
June 2011
Rosalind's Madrigal, from Rosalind (Rosalynde);2011, p1
Poem Analysis
In this song from the Elizabethan play "Rosalind," the title character details the ways love torments her. In an extended simile, Rosalind compares love to a bee that "my heart doth sting" (17). She threatens love with various punishments, imagining it as the boy-god Cupid who must be beaten "with many a rod" (29). By poem's end, however, she determines that she would rather be tormented by love than by its absence.


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