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Comparison of Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116 by Wm Shakespeare Feburary 9 2001 In his Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116 William Shakespeare displays his vision of long lasting love Nothing can effect one who sincerely loves In Sonnet 73 Shakespeare uses figurative language objects and personification to get his points across He compares himself to a grove of trees in early winter When yellow leaves or none or few do hang upon those boughs which shake against the cold These lines refer to the time in our lives when we can no longer control the emotions we feel from the troubles in our loves He refers to the body as a temple- a Bare ruined choirs where butterflies use to flutter but now the strong scent of decay can be found In Sonnet 116 love is seen as a guiding light a point of security and immunity from the storms of life an everfixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken He uses the darkness as a symbol of the end of his being which is described as Deaths second half in Sonnet 73 However in Sonnet 116 death is described as conditional love just lasting a few days or years- Loves not Times fool though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickles compass come Although many similarities are present there are also some differences Sonnet 73 focuses more on the end of life The end of life is compared to the last sparks of a dying fire In me thou seest the glowing of such fire that on the ashes of his youth doth lie While Sonnet 73 portrays a once stimulating life that is slowly diminishing Sonnet 116 describes it as Time slowly taking our rosy-cheeked youth away However it also says that love lasts intil the last day of our lives- Love alters not with his Times brief hours and
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