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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 Shakespeare's "S*****net *****" and John ***** "Why Should a ***** Marriage *****."

These poems are love ***** but they express two ***** attitudes toward *****. "Sonnet 116" expresses the positive side of love, focusing on its strength ***** importance. On the other hand, "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow" conveys the "*****" 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 how love affects them.

Both poems explore the idea of marriage ***** ***** similarities end there. In "Sonnet 116," the poet speaks positively of love, introducing us to a metaphor or marriage st*****ing that it is a "***** of true minds" (Shakespeare 1), indicating ***** ***** poet believes he has found his soul mate. The 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 "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow," ***** ***** 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 ***** 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 poet in "Sonnet 116" but it far from that in "Why Should a Fool*****h ***** Vow." While the ***** in "***** 116" experiences ***** love ***** is "never shaken" (***** 6) and is not "Time's fool" (9), the poet in "***** Should a Foolish Marriage Vow" declares that ***** and ***** are nothing more than "madness" (Dryden 13). ***** is real ***** love can *****.

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

Works C*****ed

*****, William. "Sonnet 116." Shakespeare for Lovers. New York: Carol Publishing Group. 1*****95.

*****, John. "***** Should a Foolish ***** Vow." Online. http://www.***** Accessed March 09,


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