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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 ***** "S*****net *****" and John Dryden's "Why ***** a ***** Marriage Vow."

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 Should a Foolish M*****rriage *****" conveys the "*****" side ***** love - the side of love that feels old and stale. While both poets believe in love, they are at opposite ends of the spectrum ***** regards to ***** love affects them.

Both poems explore the idea of marriage ***** the similarities end there. In "***** 116," the poet speaks positively ***** love, introducing us to a metaphor or marriage stating that it is a "marriage of true minds" (Shakespeare 1), indicating that ***** poet believes he has found his soul mate. The poet also refers to love as an "ever*****fixed mark" (5), me*****ing that his ***** never waxes or wanes. In addition, it is the "star to every w*****ering bark" (7). In "***** Should a Foolish Marriage 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 add*****ion, the poet wonders why 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 "Why Should a Foolish M*****rriage Vow." ***** the poet in "***** 116" experiences a love that is "never shaken" (Shakespeare 6) and ***** not "Time's fool" (9), the poet in "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow" declares that love and ***** are nothing more than "madness" (Dryden 13). ***** is real ***** ***** can *****.

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

***** Cited

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

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

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