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Anne Hathaway and Sonnet 130 are Two Love Sonnets, Comment on the Different Approaches of the Poets.

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Rachael Elliott 11D Anne Hathaway and Sonnet 130 are Two Love Sonnets, Comment on the Different Approaches of the Poets. "Anne Hathaway" by Carol Ann Duffy is a love sonnet that describes a fond love. It is taken from the point of view of the famous play-writes wife, Anne Hathaway. It is a very passionate love sonnet although it doesn't take the traditional form of a conventional sonnet; it is more of a monologue. In fact there is only one rhyme, in the last couplet. "Sonnet 130" is a poem written by William Shakespeare himself, this is an immediate connection to Anne Hathaway but there is a clear difference in the style and content of the two poems. Duffy's approach is far more a romantically powerful and passionate, where as Shakespeare takes a rather unstereotypical approach to his feelings for his wife. In the first line of "Anne Hathaway" there is a clear passion and an instant reference to five of Shakespeare's plays: A Midsummer Nights Dream, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest. ...read more.


Where as in Shakespeare's bed there is this deep and wonderful passion "...living, laughing love-..." she seems to feel that although she is not in the "best bed" she is in fact by far the superior because of the passion she shares in the "second best bed". Also the alliteration here emphasises the strong love theme. The only rhyming couplet comes right in the last two lines of the poem and this stands out as not only is it the only rhyme but it brings in a totally different theme, that of death and it becomes clear that not only was there a strong passion whilst he was with her but even now a bond is held. This is in direct contrast with the picture painted of a very happy and enjoyable part of Anne Hathaway's life but the poem comes across to the reader almost as a memorial not so much in sorrow but in celebration of the good times. ...read more.


It is not entirely unromantic "...I love to hear her speak..." and the very idea that he has taken a different way of complimenting her so that she would remember it and be special is something romantic in itself. Both Carol Ann Duffy and Shakespeare show a great love for their partners it is clear that there are ways of expressing the same feeling in different ways. There are similarities in the description of the body and nature is prominent in both. But surprisingly Shakespeare is the one who uses the realistic, more true to life conception of love. Duffy adapts Shakespeare's usual techniques and converts them into a poem from Anne Hathaway's point of view. The language and drama are similar to that of Shakespeare's plays. The language and comparisons made by Shakespeare may not seem all together loving but he is forgetting the conventional ideas of romancing through a poem and putting exactly what he sees and proclaiming that Anne Hathaway may not be perfect but he loves her for who she is and she is worth more than the dramatic exaggerations like Duffy used. ...read more.

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