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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 of love are William ***** "Sonnet 116" and John ***** "Why Should a ***** Marriage Vow."

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

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

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

Works Cited

Shakespeare, *****. "Sonnet *****6." Shakespeare for Lovers. New York: Carol Publish*****g Group. 1*****95.

Dryden, John. "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow." Online. http://www.*****.org/*****media.php/prmMID/16824Site Accessed March 09,


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