HENCE Cupid! with your cheating toys,
Your real Griefs, and painted Joys,
Your Pleasure which itself destroys.
Lovers like men in fevers burn and rave,
And only what will injure them do crave.
Men’s weakness makes Love so severe,
They give him power by their fear,
And make the shackles which they wear.
Who to another does his heart submit,
Makes his own Idol, and then worships it.
Him whose heart is all his own,
Peace and liberty does crown,
He apprehends no killing frown.
He feels no raptures which are joys diseas’d,
And is not much transported, but still pleas’d. (http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/philips/againstlove.htm)
Katherine Phillips seemed like a very interesting writer to me. I found it really interesting that she was views as such a virtuous, noble individual and wrote on things the public deemed appropriate, such as religion, marriage, and other non threatening things. I think it was really neat that she focused so much on female friendships, which many other women writers did not seem to do.
I liked her sonnet, “Against Love”, which was ironically not about love, like other sonnets are. Although I do not necessairly agree… I think she had some good reasons behind her arguement. Love can be a wonderful thing and can make a person really happy, but depending on the situation you are in, it can be like a disease, and become destructive instead of something that makes you better. So not giving your heart away allows you to find out who you are and do things that you want to do while building yourself up. If you keep your heart to yourself, you don’t have to deal with all the crap that goes along with love. But I think in the end everyone still desires someone to love them, so no matter how strong you appear, eventually someone will come along and change your mind.