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Poems are compositions in verse which might have several interpretations based on the readers comprehension All poets like William Shakespeare and Billy Collins use metaphors similes and personifications to help the reader to relate what the poets are saying to an individuals life or experiences Although both poets have different styles of writing they both seem to have some things in common For example they both use metaphors similes andor personifications to do comparisons and both of them seem to focus on life love andor death The use of comparisons in both writing styles help the reader to relate the message carried out by the poets to hisher life or experiences In Sonnet 116 Shakespeare contrasts true love from love which isnt true love when he says admit impediments love is not love which alters when it alteration finds He also says true love is an ever - fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken In this quote Shakespeare compares tempests to difficult situations in our lives I think he implies that true love will remain unchanged even in our worse situations and will never give in to divorce adultery and long periods of misunderstanding or quarrelling To Shakespeare true love exists forever and does not even succumb to death Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks but bears it out even to the edge of doom Shakespeare In this sonnet time is being personified Shakespeare implies that true love prevails even at the point of death in other words death cannot separate people who are truly in love hence there is an interaction between the living and dead so long as true love exists Even though true love is eternal time changes the physical appearance of an individual possessing true love loves not times fool though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickles compass come Here Shakespeare compares time to a person with sickle which has no respect
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