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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 ***** "Why ***** a Foolish Marriage Vow."

These poems are ***** ***** but they express two different attitudes toward love. "Sonnet 116" *****es the positive side of love, focusing on its strength and importance. On the other hand, "Why Should a Foolish Marriage *****" 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 in regards to ***** love affects them.

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 st*****ing that it is a "***** 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 wandering bark" (7). In "***** Should a Foolish ***** 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, the poet wonders ***** 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 "Sonnet 116" ***** it far from that in "Why Should a Fool*****h M*****rriage Vow." ***** the poet in "Sonnet 116" experiences a love ***** is "***** shaken" (***** 6) and is not "Time's fool" (9), the poet in "***** Should a Fool*****h Marriage Vow" declares that love and marriage are nothing more than "madness" (Dryden 13). ***** is real but ***** can change.

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

Works C*****ed

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

*****, John. "***** Should a Foolish ***** Vow." Online.*****media.php/prmMID/168**********Site Accessed March 09,


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