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The two poems I will be comparing and contrasting in this essay are two of William Shakespeares most famous sonnets Sonnets numbered 18 Shall I compare thee and 116 Let me not Both of these poems deal with the subject of love but each poem deals with its subject matter in a slightly different manner Each also has a different audience and purpose In the case of Shall I compare thee the audience is meant to be the person Shakespeare is writing the sonnet about Its purpose is to tell the person its written about how the speaker feels about them In the case of Let me not the audience is anyone who wishes to read it Its purpose is to introduce what love should be like This makes Shall I compare thee much more personal and realistic as a poem about love Shall I compare thee seems to deal more with the idea of a lover rather than the idea of a relationship as Let me not does Shall I compare thee deals with the idea of a perfect lover and the fading beauty of both women and the seasons Let me not is about ideal love in its most perfect and purest form In Shall I compare thee Shakespeare describes a lover more temperate than a summers day Shakespeare asserts the opinion that the beauty of summer is nothing compared to this perfect human being In the poem Shakespeare deals with the fading beauty of this perfect human being and lover Shakespeare expresses the sentiment that even though outer beauty fades inner beauty eternal summer will not fade The perfect lovers beauty will not fade because she has been immortalised in a sonnet So long live this sonnet and this gives life to thee In Let me not Shakespeare vocalises the perfect love that does not alter when it alteration finds It is a marriage of true minds two like minded
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