55th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 55th Virtual Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Let’s return to some classic poetry from John Dryden:

Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow

Why should a foolish marriage vow,
  Which long ago was made,
Oblige us to each other now
  When passion is decay'd?
We loved, and we loved, as long as we could,
  Till our love was loved out in us both:
But our marriage is dead, when the pleasure is fled:
  'Twas pleasure first made it an oath.

If I have pleasures for a friend,
  And farther love in store,
What wrong has he whose joys did end,
  And who could give no more?
'Tis a madness that he should be jealous of me,
Or that I should bar him of another:
For all we can gain is to give our selves pain,
When neither can hinder the other.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles. It’s never too late to join the discussion.


  1. I also think that this poem is about not judging others who feel this way regardless of personal belief “‘Tis a madness that he should be jealous of me,
    Or that I should bar him of another.”
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  2. This is a downer…and he’s not the type of person I’d want to ask “does my butt look big in this?” Honest to a fault, I suspect. LOL
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  3. I don’t really read much poetry nowadays, mainly because I feel like sometimes I just don’t get it, but I got this one, and thought it was very interesting. This attitude towards marriage seems like all the rage nowadays, and though I don’t subscribe to it, I know a few people who do!
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  4. I like this! Oh, it’s from a play! I didn’t know that. Interesting that it’s so old when divorce was really looked down upon and sometimes completely restricted back then.
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  5. bookworm says

    oh jeez…thats depressing! Makes me kinda want to smack him…lol.
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  6. Ha! well it is brutally honest and I “got” it…..kinds of sad, but true sort of thing… ha ha… still kind of laughing.

  7. What a depressing poem!
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