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Shakespeares love sonnets describe three different contexts in which love operates as such he depicts a multi-faceted picture of love Love in Shakespeares poems does not have a single definition but rather an intangible conglomeration of characteristics that together make up an ever powerful force that defeats all obstacles In Shakespeares love Sonnets numbers 116 130 and 147 love is depicted as an overwhelming force that triumphs over time the physical world and reason respectively The force of love overpowers Shakespeares eras cultural ideals of physical beauty in sonnet 130 In poem number 147 the speakers reasonable mind is overridden by emotions which arise from his love and desire for his absent partner Finally in sonnet 116 love is given an identity as an immortal force which overcomes age death and thus time On another level these three sonnets can be seen as describing the three different identities of love Rowse Shakespeares Sonnets 46 Love can be seen as an internally possessed force which is directed within oneself love can be an internal force which is directed against external factors or love can be an external force operating independently regardless of the individual and overcoming other powerful external forces As such these sonnets create a vision of love as a dynamic and multi-relational force Each sonnet describes a different conflict in which love is engaged In sonnet 116 love is depicted as an invincible force that defies time as well as times effects on beauty and youth changes such as wrinkles and old age Loves not Times fool though rosy lips and cheeksWithin his bending sickles compass come Lines 9 and 10 Love unlike the physical being is not subject to decay Through the capitalization of the words Love and Time Shakespeare personifies both of these words giving them identities which are independent of any possessor Angelou et al 22 Time becomes godlike omnipotent yet abstract Love too becomes a powerful character despite remaining physically
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