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    Your editor is considering adding a new dimension to the studio to include more 'romantic films ', films outside of the 'adventure' genre. She wants to know if you can do research to prepare the staff for this task. To brush up on your understanding of this niche market, you research the library and read about the history of romantic verse.

    1. Choose one of Shakespeare's sonnets or one of John Donne's 'Holy Sonnets" and talk both about the themes and the patterns which make these works so well loved. Make an educated guess as to why romance and poetry are so inextricably entwined.

    2. Read Christopher Smart's poem, "Jubilate Agno" and talk about the radical structure of the poem. Compare this poem to any song lyrics you might be familiar with. You may also do an imitation of this poem as a way to familiarize yourself with it.

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    Please allow some of my ideas to help. I am willing to work Special Requests with you as well:

    1. First, you might choose one of Shakespeare's poems such as "SONNET 145." This example is a great piece to study the link between poetry and romance. Here is the actual poem:

    "Those lips that Love's own hand did make
    Breathed forth the sound that said 'I hate'
    To me that languish'd for her sake;
    But when she saw my woeful state,
    Straight in her heart did mercy come,
    Chiding that tongue that ever sweet
    Was used in giving gentle doom,
    And taught it thus anew to greet:
    'I hate' she alter'd with an end,
    That follow'd it as gentle day
    Doth follow night, who like a fiend
    From heaven to hell is flown away;
    'I hate' from hate away she threw,
    And saved my life, saying 'not you."

    It was found at http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/145.html.

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    This posting offers ideas about how romantic poetry is developed.