(Shmoop Editorial Team)Throughout the sonnet there is use of imagery, for example “It is the star” emphasizing that love will guide you. Through the duration of the sonnet love being permanent is exaggerated greatly. Shakespeare emphases how true love always preserves, despite any obstacles that may arise, “Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks”. Inferring from this, we can tell he is trying to get across that even if the circumstance or person changes, love never dies. Sonnet 116 uses repeated pairs of words, “love is not love”, “alters when alteration finds” suggesting it is to be like “couples” and to also further emphasize the theme of love in the sonnet.
In this essay, I will be showing a comparison between ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Shakespeare), ‘To His Coy Mistress’ (Marvel) and ‘Sonnet 130’ (Also by Shakespeare). The first main comparison between these three texts is that they all show different types of love. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is based on true love as both main characters fall in love with each other at first sight. Shakespeare shows their love by the soliloquy and the sonnet that he added to this text as the words and techniques used in them project a connection between Romeo and Juliet. ‘To His Coy Mistress’ shows an idea of a sexual and lustful love.
“If I profane with my unworthiest hand: this holy Shrine. The gentle fire is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss (II, ii, 33-36).” said Romeo to prove his love for Juliet though it was the first time the two met. When the two found out that Romeo is a Montague and that Juliet is a Capulet, Juliet vowed to Romeo and proclaimed “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou will not, be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet “(II, ii, 33-36).
The similarities of both works is the theme of Marriage, and true love. In the song "Still", Tamia is clearly singing about her marriage between she, her husband, and the true love that they share for one another. In William Shakespeare's " sonnet 116" Shakespeare is speaking his opinion about traditional marriage, and love which is very similar to Tamia's view on her marriage. Both works also describe unconditional love in very different, but similar ways. Tamia sings of how she, and her husband still love each other like the first day they met even though they both have aged, and have kids.
This is the theme of Love. I know this because William Shakespeare explains within every line of Sonnet 116 that love is forever and unbreakable. Marvell also uses the theme of love, but slightly differently. Marvell tries to persuade his mistress that he loves her, when really he just wants sexual intercourse with her. He uses persuasion at the start of the poem, but then starts charming his mistress by saying he’ll love her once they have sexual intercourse.
Let me count the ways.” (Line 1 Sonnet 43) The use of first person, authenticates that both poems are written for a personal response, this however cannot be seen in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ apart from when the characters speak. The use of alliteration in ‘Sonnet 43’, confirms that the poem was written for Browning’s lover. The repetition of “I love thee...” Shows it’s a personal poem for her true love. However, ‘Valentine’ could be interpreted as an open poem to allow the readers to understand the experiences Duffy has faced. The use of “...we are, for as long as we are.” (Line 16 and 17) Shows that Duffy is inviting her readers into the poem to help reflect upon how she feels.
Olds suggests in this poem that “True Love’’ is all about two people having passion, oneness, and comfort with each other. These three things in a marriage or relationship create true love. Also, she tries to show that without true love, sex is no good. From the beginning of the poem, the speaker talks about the passion between her and her husband. She expresses that their love making is very intense and passionate.
In the sonnet, Barrett Browning repeats “I love thee” over and over again rather than using different words for love. This is to enforce the already existing knowledge about the strength of her love, and that what she feels is love, nothing more and nothing less. This is also called anaphora, and with that being used within the Bible it makes seem like her poem is a prayer. This links to the religious language used within the sonnet itself, in Elizabeth’s eyes her love is like her religion, and
In contrast, the speaker of Robert Herrick’s poem, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time,” urges virgins to marry, to make a lasting commitment in which love plays a vital role. Comparing these poems reveals differences between love and lust. Despite the contrasting depictions of love and lust, both poets portray the underlying theme of carpe diem which means “seize the day”. Carpe Diem means that time should not be wasted and that you should make the most out of time. As a result, both poems focus on the theme of taking advantage of one's youth, they are both written from a male's perspective in trying to get his lover to take advantage of her youth before she loses it.
“Take thou this vial, being then in bed,/ And this distilled liquor drink thou off;/ When presently through all thy veins shall run ” (Act 4 Scene 2) Friar Laurence's idea of love is more passionate and he believes in a true and strong love. The Friar does believe in true love and he's willing to risk his life and reputation for Romeo and Juliet's love. “Therefore love moderately: long love doth so;/ too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.”(Act 2, Scene 6, 14-15) Friar Laurence also shows his views on love when he constantly gives Romeo and Juliet. He truly believes in “real” love awnd tells them not to rush it as though not to ruin their love. Friar Laurence, unlike Mercutio, is a believer of