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Shakespesres Sonnet 18 and Duffys Valentine - What is each speaker's attitude to their lover, and how can you tell?

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Comparative poetry course work What is each speaker's attitude to their lover, and how can you tell? Shakespear's attitude towards his lover is she is superior to the summer and very beautiful " Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" This show Shakespeare is thinking about comparing her to the summer but then he gives examples of how she is better than the summer. He says she is lovelier than the summer " Thou art more lovely and more temperate." He then goes on to say "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May" this means that she is more like a darling bud of May than a rough wind that come in the summer. ...read more.

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Then he uses personification to describe Death and that it won't be able to kill her "Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade" because her beauty will live on in the poem He then explains that every that everything dies and loses its beauty but she wont because she will live on in the poem " When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st" the he says " So long as men can breather or eyes can see. So long lives this and this gives life to thee." Meaning as long as people are alive can see and read and write her beauty will always live on. Duffy's attitude differs from shake spear's attitude because she is cynical about love but Shakespeare is more romantic. ...read more.

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She has a complex attitude towards love she sees the onion as having a sexual nature when she says, " It promises light like the careful undressing of love." Also as she writes this poem it seems like her lover is there. She also decides that she will give him an onion because, like lovers, onions can make cry and love can distort your vision of people like onions distort your vision. She says like the taste of an onion loves starts of intense and fades. This means that for a while love is possessive and faithful but then it fades. She says that she may be offering him marriage but marriage can trap you and marriage could kill their love and he will always have the guilt with him if their marriage fails which is described as the "scent" of the onion. ...read more.

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