The 'Essays' of Francis Bacon are the first in date of classics of English prose, in proper sense of the term. They are used as class-books almost as much of Shakespeare's plays. No one in English literature has ever written a greater number of essays packed with striking formulas and loaded with practical wisdom.
Bacon's Essays' are the fruit of his close observation of human life. They have been described to be the treasure house of wisdom. 'Of Love' is one of most famous essays of Francis Bacon. He discloses his philosophical thoughts on love. This essay is bound to have a wide appeal because of the subject it deals with. But it is a matter of great sorrow that bacon's treatment towards love is really disappointing.
In the beginning of the essay Bacon clears his position and thought against love and its greater role. According to Bacon, Love plays a greater role in the theatre than in actual life of man. Through this kind of thought he wants to tell that love is a matter of enjoyment that can be best suited only in plays or dramas. Not only that, he says in actual or practical life of a man love can not contribute much. According to Bacon, Love has always provided or rendered material for comic plays and sometime, for tragic plays. But in real life, love causes much mischief. Here Bacon clearly says that it is love which may wreck the career of a man. For example he mentioned the name of Antony and Othello who both were greatly troubled with the consequences of love. In this essay Bacon mainly deals with the disadvantages of love. Here Bacon speaks like a puritan moralist. He observes that no worthy person of ancient or modern time has been transformed to the mad of 3rddegree of love. Bacon opines that we are created to ponder over noble and great objects of human life. He does not support of kneeling a man before a woman for the sake of love and for some sorts of sensuous pleasure.
It is really strange to observe that the passion of...