Can anyone explain about Elizabethan love lyrics?

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Elizabethan love lyrics had rather a loose meaning in the time of poets such as John Donne. We are more familiar, for example , with the term 'sonnet' - yet in Donne's time the term referred more to the subject (lyrical expressions of love and passion) than our usual idea of style. In Donne's Songs and Sonnets,for example, the poets concerns are with the pursuits of chasing beautiful women, wooing sweethearts with clever words and arguments as well as the deeper ideas of commitment and heartache. Sometimes the lyrics are mocking, sometimes they are very intense and honest. Understandably, John Donne wrote most of these in the first flush of his youth and before he married his wife Anne More. The later 'love lyrics' were more grounded and serious.

archteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for...do you need characteristics of said lyrics?  If so, I can get you started.  Many Elizabethan love poems, particularly sonnets, make heavy use of metaphor to describe the object of affection.  For example, a loved one being pursued might be likened to a game animal like a deer.  A loved one's individual features might be compared to other things.  A woman's skin would often be compared to things that were light in color, like milk or snow.  The idea of immortality was also present in many love poems.  That is, the idea that the object of the writer's affection would live forever or gain fame through the writer's words.