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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 *****" and John ***** "Why Should a ***** Marriage *****."

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

Both poems explore the idea of marriage but the similarities end there. In "Sonnet 116," the poet speaks *****ly ***** *****, ********** 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), me*****ing that his love never waxes or wanes. In addition, it is the "star to every wandering 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 add*****ion, ***** 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 to the poet in "Sonnet *****16" ***** it far from that in "Why Should a Fool*****h M*****rriage Vow." ***** the ***** in "Sonnet 116" experiences a love ***** is "never shaken" (Shakespeare 6) and is not "Time's fool" (9), the poet in "Why Should a Foolish M*****rriage Vow" declares that love and marriage are nothing more than "madness" (Dryden 13). ***** is real but love can change.

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

Works Cited

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

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


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