My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips' red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damask'd, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground: And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare.
Look for images of fertility for women and masculinity for men
Sometimes coded sexual images can be more intense than literal ones
In the past, authors have had to write about sex indirectly in order to avoid censorship
…EXCEPT When It Is about Sex!
When authors write directly about sex, they’re writing about something else, such as sacrifice, submission, rebellion, domination, enlightenment, etc.
Baptism is symbolic of death and rebirth into new life
Drowning is symbolic of baptism – IF the character comes up, symbolically reborn. But drowning can also represent a form of rebirth, choosing to enter a new, different life, leaving the old one behind.
Rain can also connect to baptism
‘Tis the Season!
Spring = fertility, life, happiness, growth, resurrection
Fall = harvest, reaping what we sow, both rewards and punishments