Comparig Sonnets 116 and 43

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Shakespeare wrote some exquisite sonnets during his life, some about time, some about love, and some about missing loved ones. Sonnet 116 and Sonnet 138 are both about love. The way they both portray love is similar in many ways. For instance the way literary devices are used and the way love is illustrated using vocabulary. I will prove this is true in the following paragraphs Shakespeare uses a large variety of metaphors and similes. A metaphor found in Sonnet 116,” Loves not Times fool, though rosy lips and cheeks” is a symbol of outer beauty that changes with time. Sonnet 138 shows a similar image, “When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies,” paints the picture of love in a similar way. Both the poems are depicting a love that has been through good and bad that have developed over time. For instance beauty fading with time and also trust fading. A large variety of images fill the mind in each and every one of Shakespeares sonnets, but images cannot appear without the words that make them out to be. The vocabulary and diction that Shakespeare uses in both sonnets are especially effective in describing love, from star to every wandering bark to age in love, loves not to have years told, the words tell a different story about a common topic of love. Sonnet 116 does a softer, more delicate take on love whereas in Sonnet 138, the poem uses euphemisms, namely false- speaking tongue and And in our faults by lies we flattered be. Certainly not portraying love in its finest moment, neither is it a flagrant insult on the emotion. Shakespeare uses the truth and nothing but the truth in his diction throughout Sonnet 138. Sonnet 116 describes the love we believe will last forever, a superficial belief but never truly a lie. Both sonnets speak the truth, one through harsher, direct words and the other through gentler,

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