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Sonnets - These three poems written by Shakespeare are old poems about love.

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SONNETS These three poems written by Shakespeare are old poems about love. A man is speaking about love to another to woman, his lover. They are all about comparisons and in situation of telling the truth, being honest, which leads to trouble, buts he gets out of it. They are all about love and time and living in time. They describe love as a strong and passionate feeling. In the poem "Shall I compare thee", the poet began by asking his woman a question, which is a compliment and a comparison, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day"? This question is to tell the woman comparing how beautiful, "fair", she is, "but thou art more lovely and more temperate". He then remembers the bad things about summer, and then life, troubles she will face, by finding faults with a summer day, "And summer's lease halt all too short a date, (lines 3-7), time is short. He also describe the changes in human life in lines 7 and 8, saying accident can occur in life and therefore disfigure the beauty of a woman, "By chance or natures changing course untrimmed". ...read more.

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Most of all, he compares her to a goddess, "I grant I never saw a goddess go". His comparisons seem rude and insulting, but he is being truthful and realistic, "As any she belied with false compare" the poet doesn't want a false compare, because his lover/mistress is just an ordinary woman. From lines 9-14, he changes his way of thinking, to explain he isn't just causing his, mistress distress, but he is being honest and he loves her, "I love to hear speak". He compared his mistress to a goddess, but a goddess is in heaven, his mistress on earth, "Treads on the ground". Despite all the insulting comparisons, he still stands by the fact by swearing no one can ever love his mistress like him, "And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare". Let Me Not To The Marriage is about ideas of love. The poem is about what love really is and how it is affected by time. He brings out love in marriage "Let me not to the marriage of true minds" to show us the vow of marriage being truthful with your promises, be harmonious. ...read more.

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The poet is very confident about his poem, that he is writing the truth and if it is false that means he never wrote poetry, "if this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved. These poems are about how poetry should be written, about love and the effects of love. They all pointed out that poetry should be written in truth. And they must not be false. They should be about facts and backed with evidence, as they are comparisons with nature for example, which shows the evidence. They are all about being in love with a woman, how they are by speaking out their true minds and comparing them with lovely and unlovely things. They also understand how love is affected by time and how beauty changes. They all relate the consequences of death. This poetry is also about what love can do, the strong impact it has, even possibly make you write a poem! Abiodun Anibaba Page 1 4/28/2007 ...read more.

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