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Compare Shakespeare's sonnets 'shall I compare thee' and 'let me not'.

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15.07.03 Compare Shakespeare's sonnets 'shall I compare thee' and 'let me not' The main similarities between the two sonnets are that they are both written in traditional sonnet form, which means they are both 14 lines long, have the rhyme scheme ABABCDCDEFEF and have a rhyming couplet at the end. Also, some but not all traditional sonnets have 10 syllables a line. Another similarity with the two sonnets is that they are both about love, although they are both about different kinds of love. 'Shall I compare thee?' is about Shakespeare's love for a woman and is written just about her, but 'Let me not' is written about love in general and not about a single person. In 'Shall I compare thee?' is Shakespeare comparing a lady's beauty to a summer's day. ...read more.

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"Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines" He also says it is superior to one of the most powerful things known to man death, which means his love will live forever through the lines of his poem. The meaning of the rhyming couplet in this poem is that as long as people can and do read his poem his love for the woman will live on. 'Let me not' is about love in general. Shakespeare tells us that true, faithful and honest minds must not be impeded; no obstacles should stand in the way of their marriage. The first line "Let me not to the marriage of true mindes" includes the word marriage making the reader think of long lasting love and sets up an idea of love that is going to be challenged throughout the poem. ...read more.

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The similarities between the two poems are that they are both written in sonnet form, which is split into quatrains, 14 lines long and a rhyming couplet at the end also they, both use the same rhyming scheme. Both are also about the power and strength of love. Both are written with great passion though the use of strong imagery and metaphors. Both raise love above the forces of time and death. They both leave the reader with a strong idea of the power of love and the meaning of true love. As the reader I have learned that true love cannot be changed whatever is thrown at it it will never falter or change direction. Also I have learned that if you truly love a person when they die your love will live on and although you might begin to love someone else you will always hold a special place for them in your heart. ...read more.

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