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Love's Labor's Lost

"The shape of love's Tyburn, that hangs up simplicity" Love's Labor's Lost (4.3.52)


Tyburn was a place of execution in London. The picture shows Cupid torturing a foolish lover. Berowne uses the metaphor of the gallows to argue that love "hangs up" foolishness, mocking his three perjured friends, who have broken their vows to forgo the company of women. The picture is a vivid representation of love's pain.

Georgius Camerarius. Emblemata amatoria. Venice, 1627.

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