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The two poems I shall compare are the poems Sonnet 116, by Shakespeare, and Hour by Carol Ann Duffy.

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Compare and contrast the poets? analysis of the relationship between time and love The two poems I shall compare are the poems ?Sonnet 116,? by Shakespeare, and ?Hour? by Carol Ann Duffy. These two poems are both about the influences of time and love, their themes differ, and are similar in many ways throughout. Sonnet 116 describes love as enduring, unchanged until the ?edge of doom?. As well as being ?unshaken by storms?, ?Love alters not? ? it is a constant, an ?ever-fixed mark?, just as a ?star? is reliably found in the night sky. As well as not changing appearance or position, love ?bears it out even to the edge of doom?. Shakespeare is using language associated with extremes to show the power of love, confirming love as a positive force that triumphs over the prospect of ?doom?. However in Hour time is compressed, and yet the poem suggests love is forever resourceful, able to find riches in a short amount of time. ...read more.


In Hour ? as the poem?s title suggests, time is an important consideration for the lovers. ?For thousands of seconds we kiss? is a striking phrase, offering the idea of excess ? ?thousands? ? with the limitation of available time, measured in seconds. This precise measurement indicates how precious time is to the speaker, a ?treasure? to be carefully counted. In sonnet 116, the poem proposes that love is a constant. The metaphor of ?the star? is important in this respect because love, like the stars in the night sky, can be observed across the globe throughout time. Love is not restricted by time or place, but exists above all consideration. The traditional battle of love versus time is explored in both poems however is more boldly presented in the poem Hour; ?Time hates love?. In Hour ?Time hates love, wants love poor,?- this makes it clearly obvious that Time is opposed to love, and that time and love are enemies. ...read more.


It is an image that sums up the key theme: love can find riches in anything ? ?straw? or even ?a grass ditch?. Sonnet 116 presents love as similarly powerful but presents love as resistant to change instead of having the power to transform. Duffy has decided to put a rhyming couplet at the end of Hour because it is like a conclusion to the story being told in the sonnet: ?than here. Now. Time hates love, wants love poor but love spins gold, gold, gold from straw?. In ?Sonnet 116? it is a typical Shakespearean sonnet and the rhyming couplet is indented to show a ?full-stop? of the poem. The effect of these rhyming couplets are to let the reader know that no matter how much time hates love, love will keep on making gold constantly hence the repetition of the word ?gold? and that love is not a fool of time respectively. In conclusion, in both poems love and time play key roles in the writer?s lives however in a different way; in ?Sonnet 116? love is the dominant figure from time and in ?Hour? time is the dominant figure from love. ...read more.

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