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Comparison Sonnets: Farewell to Love by Samuel Taylor Coleridge - CXXVIII by Anonymous Shakespearean Poet

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SONNET MODULE COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT COMPARE THE TREATMENT OF BETRAYAL OF LOVE IN TWO SONNETS. Comparison Sonnets: Farewell to Love by Samuel Taylor Coleridge CXXVIII by Anonymous Shakespearean Poet Both the Shakespearean sonnets `Farewell to Love' and `CXXXVIII' show the betrayal of love, but in different aspects and ways. `Farewell to Love' personifies love as love is being addressed. Straight from the start of the sonnet, the reader can tell what the theme is about, with "Farewell, Sweet Love!" CXXXVIII is similar, with the sentence in the first quatrain "I do believe her, though I know she lies", where the reader can tell the sonnet is to do with lies and betrayal. Both the sonnets are Shakespearean and therefore have three quatrains and a couplet, giving a 4-4-4-2 pattern. This style works well with these two sonnets as three ideas and distinct sections are brought out, but still all connecting with each other. ...read more.

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In the second quatrain, the reason is brought out - even though she knows his "days are past the best", they still lie to each other about their ages. The personal feelings of the man then come about in the third quatrain with "love's best habit is in seeming trust", but they still do not tell each other the truth, as they are happy enough knowing that at least they have each other and are not alone. Finally, in the couplet, they still haven't told each other and in their "faults by lies" they "flatter'd be". Another way the sonnets are similar in the portraying the betrayal of love, are the techniques used. Both sonnets use alliteration, and in the second quatrain of `Farewell to Love', "whole, weak, wishing heart" stresses how he would give away his own heart for true love. In `CXXXVIII', "false subtleties", "false-speaking" and "says she not she..." ...read more.

Conclusion

This is a contrast to `Farewell to Love' where the man has decided to just say goodbye to love forever and find something else in life - instead of just pretending and carrying, like in `CXXXVIII'. Overall, `Farewell to Love' shows how the man wants a true, faithful, meaningful relationship and doesn't want to be betrayed in any way - "O grief! - but farewell, Love!" and "...less betray me...". But in `CXXXVIII', even though he knows the relationship is fake and betraying, he carries on anyway "...and in our faults by lies we flatter'd be". Therefore, both sonnets describe how love can be a betrayal - but in different ways. `Farewell to Love' describes how a man is betrayed by love as the woman he loved and cared for, didn't love him back as much. `CXXXVIII' shows love even though the old man and young woman lie to each other, but both men in these two sonnets are betrayed by love. ...read more.

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