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Language of Love

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By: Demi Babao – BA Journalism – UP, Diliman

Classic plays and sonnets are just a part of what Shakespeare has contributed to the society. He has influenced more than just plots that we encounter reoccurring in today’s literature and films. A lot of our words and phrases in the english vocabulary has actually been introduce d by thee man himself. Expressions such as ‘in a pickle’ or ‘wild goose chase’ has actually been coined by Shakespeare.

Shakespeare is known for the his use of flowery words and this is not just with insults, but with compliments as well. Much of his well quoted lines are words of love uttered by the characters themselves. These words are written a long time ago and yet they are able to reflect the modern dating culture just written in old english format.

Taking a look at these lines lifted from Shakespeare’s works, they’re not that different from the ones in our favorite chick flicks and series, apart of course from the language. This shows how much Shakespeare has also influenced the dating language not just from his time but  until our own. A lot of the lines are actually pretty similar in essence to the most popular pick up lines and romance lines used not just in the films or series, but in everyday courtship as well.58348711

Some lines are more appropriate than others. Just like the dating language of today, Shakespeare dating lines can vary from flattering romantic to just plain lewd. They have their rightly timed executions and some that can come off as obsessively scary if said too early in a relationship.

For instance, the line If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep! from Twelfth Night, how many times have we heard this in a song? What about in romantic films? This is one classic cheesy line that lovers tell each other. If this is all a dream, then I never want to wake up.

If This Love Only Exist In My Dreams

And then there’s Much Ado About Nothing with I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Have you ever heard someone in love tell their loved one that he or she loves them more than anything in the world? Only about infinite times! Well, it’s not just for lovers. You can hear this from parents, too. Basically, this affectionate expression is used for almost all kinds of love.


They say that love doesn’t only look at appearance. Beauty catches attention, but personality catches the heart. Guess what? Shakespeare wrote that as well. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. What better to encapsulate the meaning of those words than this pop song?

Other lines are more cultivated for flirting than others, such as Come woo me, woo me, for I am in a holiday humour and like enough to consent from As You Like It. Basically, it is the modern equivalent of “I’m ready, come and get it”.

Kissed someone and want another round? Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again from Romeo and Juliet says “I’m not sure about this and it’s kind of out of my comfort zone, but let’s have that kiss again” and if they say no, a response from the same play goes O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?

Shakespeare had his way with words then AND now.

These lines are found in almost any form of medium; songs, poems, movies and even books from different generations. Some have attempted to apply them in real life. However, the results may vary.


Hamilton, J (2014) 5 Shakespeare Chat Up Lines retrieved on December 11, 2015 from http://www.impactnottingham.com/2014/02/5-shakespearean-chat-up-lines/

Anderson, H. (2014) How Shakespeare Influences the Way We Speak Now retrieved on December 11, 2015  from http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140527-say-what-shakespeares-words

Bruk, D. (2013) Top 10 Shakespearean Pick Up Lines retrieved on December 11, 2015 from http://www.nerve.com/entertainment/top-10-shakespearean-pick-up-lines

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