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A comparison of Holy Sonnet XIV by John Donne and Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare John Donne and William Shakespeare both wrote a variety of poems that are both similar within the structure of a Sonnet but with very different content This essay will compare two of their sonnets Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare and the Holy Sonnet by John Donne John Donnes poem is a personal sonnet in which John Donne questions his faith in God It becomes clear from the sonnet that John Donne feels that he has been tempted to sinful behavior by the Devil Gods enemy John Donne is asking God to restore his faith to an unquestioning level either by force or proving his power to him so that his faith can be reinforced The Shakespearean sonnet shows Shakespeare poking fun at the courtly conventions of the time The sonnet is in the form of a love Sonnet Although it mocks the conventional blazon it does not undermine the beauty of his mistress Shakespeare tells us that he would love her even if her breast were dun John Donnes sonnet is quite personal as he is writing about his own beliefs but expressing publicly his views Shakespeares sonnet is written for a wider audience as he is trying to get people to see his point of view This is that the conventional blazon of the love sonnet is inaccurate and either ridiculous or impossible The language used for each sonnet is both different and surprising In Shakespeares sonnet the language is interesting because in a love sonnet the reader does not expect language like black wires grow on her head or her breasts are dun Shakespeare uses this language to ridicule the descriptions in other love sonnets For example he makes us think how unnatural it would be to have lips the colour of coral By using harsh descriptions Shakespeare also manages to
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