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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 ***** a Foolish Marriage *****."

These poems are love ***** but they express two ***** attitudes toward *****. "***** 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 that feels old and stale. While both poets believe in *****, they are at opposite ends of the spectrum ***** regards to ***** love affects *****m.

Both poems explore the idea of marriage but the similarities end there. In "Sonnet 116," the poet speaks *****ly of *****, introducing us ***** a metaphor or marriage stating that it is a "***** ***** true minds" (Shakespeare 1), indicating ***** ***** poet believes he has found h***** soul mate. T*****e poet also refers to love as an "ever*****fixed mark" (5), me*****ing that his love never waxes or wanes. In addition, it is the "star to every w*****ering bark" (7). In "***** Should a Foolish Marriage Vow," the ***** claims that marriage 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 ***** the ***** in "***** *****16" but it far from that in "Why Should a Foolish M*****rriage Vow." ***** the poet in "Sonnet 116" experiences a love that is "***** shaken" (Shakespeare 6) and ***** not "Time's fool" (9), the ***** in "Why Should a Foolish M*****rriage Vow" declares that love and marriage are nothing more than "madness" (Dryden 13). ***** is real ***** ***** can change.

Sonnet 11*****" and "Why Should a Foolish M*****rriage Vow" ********** different points of view when it comes to love. ********** poet is happy in love and one poet ***** unhappy ***** bound ***** the ties of *****.

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

*****, John. "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow." Poets.org. Online. http://www.poets.org/*****media.php/prmMID/168*****4Site Accessed March 09,

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