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Opinions of Love Expressed in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 116" and Dryden's "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow"

Love means different things to different people. Two poems that illustrate how opinions change depending on the stages ***** love are William Shakespeare's "S*****net *****" and John Dryden's "Why ***** a ***** Marriage Vow."

These poems are ***** poems but they express two ***** attitudes toward love. "Sonnet 116" expresses the positive side of love, focusing on its strength and importance. On the other h*****, "Why Should a Foolish M*****rriage Vow" conveys the "other" side of love - the side of love ***** feels old and stale. While both poets believe in love, they are at opposite ends of the spectrum in regards to ***** love affects **********.

Both poems explore the idea of marriage but ***** similarities end there. In "***** 116," the poet speaks *****ly ***** *****, *****troducing us to a metaphor or marriage stating that it is a "marriage of true minds" (Shakespeare 1), indicating ***** ***** poet believes he has found h***** soul mate. The poet also refers to love as an "ever*****fixed mark" (5), meaning that his love never waxes or wanes. In addition, it is the "star to every w*****ering bark" (7). ***** "***** Should a Foolish Marriage Vow," the ***** claims that ***** is "foolish" (Dryden 1). He also wonders why two people should hon***** a vow that was made "long ago" (2). In add*****ion, ***** poet wonders why two ***** should remain married "When passion is decay'd" (4). Here we see two very different points of view regarding love. Love may seem strong to the poet in "Sonnet 116" ***** it far from that in "Why Should a Fool*****h M*****rriage Vow." While the poet in "***** 116" experiences a love that is "***** shaken" (***** 6) and ***** not "Time's fool" (9), the poet in "***** Should a Foolish Marriage Vow" declares that ***** and marriage are nothing more than "madness" (Dryden 13). ***** is real but love can change.

Sonnet 116" and "Why Should a Foolish ***** Vow" *****fers ***** points of view when it comes ***** love. One poet is h*****ppy in love and one poet is unhappy ***** bound to the ties of marriage.

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*****, *****. "Sonnet 116." Shakespeare for Lovers. New York: Carol Publish*****g Group. 1995.

Dryden, John. "***** Should a Foolish Marriage Vow." Online.*****Site Accessed March 09,


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