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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 ***** "Sonnet 116" and John Dryden's "Why ***** a Foolish Marriage *****."

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

Both poems explore the idea of marriage ***** the similarities end there. In "Sonnet 116," the poet speaks positively ***** love, introducing us to a metaphor or marriage st*****ing that it is a "***** 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 the "star to every wandering bark" (7). In "***** Should a Foolish M*****rriage Vow," ***** poet claims that marriage is "foolish" (Dryden 1). He also wonders why two people should honor a vow that was made "long ago" (2). In addition, the poet wonders ***** two people 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 "***** 116" but it far from that in "Why Should a Fool*****h Marriage Vow." While the poet in "Sonnet 116" experiences a love ***** is "never shaken" (***** 6) and ***** not "Time's fool" (9), the poet in "***** Should a Foolish ***** Vow" decl*****res that love and ***** are nothing more than "madness" (Dryden 13). Love is real but ***** can change.

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

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

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

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