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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 ***** "Why Should a ***** Marriage Vow."

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

Both poems explore the idea of marriage ***** ***** similarities end there. In "***** 116," the poet speaks positively ***** *****, introducing us to a metaphor or marriage stating that it is a "marriage of true minds" (Shakespeare 1), indicating ***** ***** poet believes he has found h***** soul mate. T*****e poet also refers ***** 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). ***** "Why Should a Foolish M*****rriage Vow," the ***** claims that ***** is "foolish" (Dryden 1). He also wonders why two people should hon***** a vow that was made "long ago" (2). In addition, ***** 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 to the ***** in "Sonnet *****16" but it far from that in "***** Should a Fool*****h M*****rriage Vow." While the poet in "Sonnet 116" experiences a love ***** is "never shaken" (***** 6) and is not "Time's fool" (9), the ***** in "Why Should a Fool*****h M*****rriage Vow" declares that love and marriage are nothing more than "madness" (Dryden 13). Love is real ***** love can change.

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

Works C*****ed

Shakespeare, *****. "Sonnet *****6." Shakespeare for Lovers. New York: Carol Publishing Group. 1995.

*****, John. "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow." Online. http://www.**********media.php/prmMID/1682*****Site Accessed March 09,


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