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William Shakespeare in his Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116 sets forth his vision of the unchanging persistent and immovable nature of true love According to Shakespeare love is truly till death do us part and possibly beyond Physical infirmity the ravages of age or even ones partners inconstancy have no effect upon the affections of one who sincerely loves His notion of love is not a romantic one in which an idealized vision of a lover is embraced Instead he recognizes the weaknesses to which we as humans are subject but still asserts that love conquers all Shakespeare uses an array of figurative language to convey his message including metaphor and personification Thus in sonnet 73 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 seem to refer to an aged balding man bundled unsuccessfully against the weather Perhaps in a larger sense they refer to that time in our lives when our faculties are diminished and we can no longer easily withstand the normal blows of life He regards his body as a temple- a Bare ruined choirs- where sweet birds used to sing but it is a body now going to ruin In Sonnet 116 love is seen as the North Star the fixed point of guidance to ships lost upon the endless sea of the world It is the point of reference and repose in this stormy troubled world an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken He personifies the coming of the end of his life as night which is described as Deaths second self in sonnet 73 However in Sonnet 116 death appears in the guise of the grim reaper Father Time who mows down all of our youth but still cannot conquer
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