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How Do the Two Sonnets Convey Shakespeare's Ideas About Love? - Shall I Compare Thee and Let Me Not.

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How Do the Two Sonnets Convey Shakespeare's Ideas About Love? The two sonnets Shall I Compare Thee and Let Me Not are by William Shakespeare. Love is the main theme of both sonnets. Shall I Compare Thee is written for Shakespeare's love, and it is more personal and cheerful. He takes apart the greatness of a summer's day and compares it to the subject of the poem, but the subject (whom we assume is a 'she') is always more divine and she is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. The sonnet states that the subject is "...more lovely and more temperate..." than the finest summer's day. Let Me Not is a philosophical interpretation of love, and implies that this is what love should be like. In the end Shakespeare almost dares the reader to challenge him about what he has written and declares that if he is wrong then "...I never writ, nor man ever loved." The aim of this essay is to illustrate how Shakespeare express' his ideas about love in these two sonnets. Shall I Compare Thee and Let Me Not are typical Shakespearean sonnets. ...read more.

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do not last forever. Although he says "Love alters not with his breefe houres and weekes, But beares it out even to the edge of doome," meaning that love will last and not change even when they have gone grey and old. There is death imagery in the poem such as "edge of doome" meaning judgement day or the end of the universe. Also "bending sickles" can be interpreted as the grim reaper, symbolizing death. Other time imagery as well includes "brief houres and weekes", "Times foole" and "ever fixed." This time imagery help tell the reader how long true love should last for. Shall I Compare Thee uses a lot of nature imagery. He uses the phrase "eye of heaven" meaning the sun. Without the sun, we people could not survive, plants would not be able to grow, and we would be in a forever of darkness. Yet, he finds fault in the sun by saying "Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines," meaning that she is even better than the sun which for us humans to survive is essential. ...read more.

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The sonnet is reflective, and informative in suggesting what love should be like. The tone of Shall I Compare Thee is idolatry, and romantic. He has everlasting love for a woman and he wants her to stay with him forever and nothing can ever part them, even death, because he loves her so much. He emphasises this by saying "Thy eternall Sommer shall not fade" and makes it more romantic. The beauty of summer reinforces her beauty in the poem, because she is so much more beautiful than a summer's day and he is admiration of her beauty. Both poems convey love in different ways. Shall I Compare Thee is more light hearted and romantic and is mainly about confessing how much love he has for a certain woman. Let Me Not however is more serious and philosophical but also romantic in the way that he is stating how love should be, what love is, and what love is not. I prefer Shall I Compare Thee to Let Me Not because Shall I Compare Thee is more cheerful and happy and the love that he claims to the person in the sonnet is passionate. Let Me Not is about love in general, Shall I Compare Thee is to a lover and is the ideal love poem. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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