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Loves Lustful Loss of Innocence Chris Isaac once wrote in his song Wicked Game The world was on fire nobody could save me but you Strange what desire makes foolish people do Like the potent authority desire establishes in Isaacs lyrics two loves of equal attraction one pure and angelic and one corrupt carnal and demonic dominate and complicate the speakers every lustful love-filled and worrisome thought in Sonnet 144 Unlike many sonnets of Shakespeares day it is a beautiful young man who is the cardinal figure of love desire and innocence rather than the gorgeous young lady In contrast as well a sexually promiscuous and destructive temptress rather than the beautiful heroine of honor and integrity becomes the culprit who attempts to steal the speakers boyhood angel from his side However like Isaacs song Shakespeares Sonnet 144 is an example of loves powerful control over the human mind and body where the corrupting influences of every mans deep-seated lustful desires rest In the first quatrain Shakespeare establishes one of the primary themes in this sonnet which is that of control More specifically it is the control that stems from love and lusts natural power to exploit all human beings inherent ability to love and desire In these first four lines the speaker discusses his internal battle between lusts strong irrational influence and his own logical reasoning It is clear here that though the speaker is fonder of his assumed schoolboy lover or the better angel as he refers than his dark mistress or the worser spirit both impose their strong lustful control over him by arousing his desire-soaked heart However in lines one and two he notes that though one of his loves may be of comfort and the other of despair they are both like spirits to him who do suggest me still By using still at the end of the line Shakespeare implies the idea of not being in control of oneself
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