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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 "Sonnet *****" and John Dryden's "Why Should a ***** Marriage *****."

These poems are ***** ***** but they express two different attitudes toward love. "***** 116" expresses the positive side of love, focusing on its strength ***** importance. On the other hand, "Why ***** a Foolish Marriage Vow" conveys the "*****" side of love - the side ***** love that 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 "Sonnet 116," the poet speaks positively of love, introducing us ***** a metaphor or marriage st*****ing that it is a "marriage of true minds" (Shakespeare 1), indicating ***** the poet believes he has found his soul mate. The poet also refers to love as an "ever-fixed mark" (5), meaning that his ***** never waxes or wanes. In addition, it is ***** "star to every wandering bark" (7). In "***** Should a Foolish M*****rriage Vow," the poet claims that marriage is "foolish" (Dryden 1). He also wonders why two people should hon***** a vow that was made "long ago" (2). In addition, ***** poet wonders why two people should remain married "When passion is decay'd" (4). Here we see two very ***** points of view regarding love. Love may seem strong to the ***** in "***** 116" ***** it far from that in "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow." While the poet in "Sonnet 116" experiences a love that is "***** shaken" (Shakespeare 6) and ***** not "Time's fool" (9), the poet in "Why Should a Foolish M*****rriage Vow" declares that love and ***** are nothing more than "madness" (Dryden 13). ***** is real but ***** can change.

Sonnet 116" and "***** Should a Foolish M*****rriage Vow" offers different points of view when it comes to love. ********** poet is happy in love and one poet is unhappy and bound ***** the ties of marriage.

Works Cited

*****, *****. "Sonnet *****." Shakespeare for Lovers. New York: Carol Publish*****g Group. 1*****95.

Dryden, John. "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow." Poets.org. Online. http://www.*****s.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/1682*****Site Accessed March 09,

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