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Comparison between three poems

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Comparison between three poems 'Love me not' looks at a different aspect of love compared to 'Shall I compared thee? Unlike sonnet 18, which was about comparing his lover (Shakespeare's lover) to a summer's day, 'Let me not' looks at the quality of true love. This poem is also a sonnet, this means its rhyming pattern will be the same as 'Shall I compare thee...?', which is ABABCDCDEFEFGG. The poem will also be have a rhyming couplet and three quatrains. The poem is made of two haves. The first one is made up of eight lines (this is called an Octet). This octet has two quatrains. In the first part of the poem Shakespeare outlines his idea of true love. True love is lasting love. It modified and cannot be moved. In the opening quatrain 'Let me not' is a command. There is a positive mood and that is the direction the poem is heading. ...read more.


The height of the star can estimated, just as the clear signs of love can be judged, but the worth of the star is impossible to guess at in its power to direct ships and lives, just as the power of true love is vast. In the third quatrain Shakespeare personifies love and time. Shakespeare brings home to us its (love) humanity and relationship to the reader in lines 9-13. This is because of the way Shakespeare personifies love. 'Lov's not times foole, through roise lips and cheeks' (line 9) Shakespeare also says that juvenile lovers will one day be forced to come face to face with old father time, but the spirit of love is able to overcome even time and death. Shakespeare also expresses his beliefs about true love in 'Shall I compare thee...?. There is a slight air of satisfaction in the couplet, which ends the sonnet, a sense of Shakespeare's leaning back rather smugly and saying, 'Argue if you dare!'. ...read more.


Shakespeare uses 'marke', to represent love and uses 'tempest' to represent problems. A marke is a fixed guide, this helps the sailors help their course correctly. A tempest is a storm. Like a marke, being unshakable against even the strongest storm. Love is also unshakeable by problems. The mariner theme is used to represent 'real love'. Stars were used to help guide sailors. A star is in the sky following a fixed course, this is used to give an idea about 'real love' being unshakeable. "O' no, it is an ever fixed marke That lookes on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering barke, Whose worths unknowne, although his highth be taken" He explains that time cannot change 'real love'. Shakespeare explains that 'real love' continues right up until death. I feel that this poem is trying to convince others that he is correct, and that 'real love' is everlasting. The last two lines of the poem appear to rhyme but do not 'proved' and 'loved' are examples of near rhyme, their vowels sound different. Waqar Saddique ...read more.

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