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Love as Obsession Shakespeares sonnet number 18 Shall I compare thee to a summers day and sonnet number 147 My love is as a fever longing still are both manifestations of the same underlying emotion which is obsession They both show the necessity of love for the writers well-being These sonnets show the extreme range of emotion from good to bad that love can encompass The sonnets show the power of his emotion both when the love is accepted in one sonnet and rejected in the other The writer has no self identity He defines himself and his worth by how he perceives love Ultimately in both sonnets the writer cannot live without the object of his love In the first sonnet Shall I compare thee to a summers day Shakespeare expresses his love in a positive light By comparing his love to a summers day he shows her warmth and beauty He goes on to say Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines And often his gold complexion dimmed This expresses the intensity of the suns brilliance but this intensity is dim compared to the radiance of his love He again reinforces the magnitude of his love when he says But the eternal summer shall not fade Nor lose possession of that fair thou owst He feels that he will be in possession of her love for all eternity He tells how her love gives him life defines him as a person Her love gives him identity He gains a purpose and a sense of immortality when blessed with her love as shown in the lines So long as men can breathe or eyes can see So long lives this and this gives life to thee In the second sonnet My love is as a fever longing still Shakespeare expresses his love in a negative light and explores his self disgust at his entanglement with obsessive love Wells and Taylor
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