Comparing Love Poems

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Comparing Love Poems

By | August 2010
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Meaka Brown Brown 1 English 1102
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“Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds” by Shakespeare Compared with “Why Should A Foolish Marriage Vow” by John Dryden

As a female I enjoy reading poems about love or marriage. In “Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds” Shakespeare is optimistic about marriage and believes that love will not become any less throughout time. “Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow” by John Dryden has a different opinion towards the love in this marriage poem. In this poem the married couple is no longer in love and they are now suffering. Shakespeare’s poem portrays that love is forever and that it cannot be disfigured over time. He illustrates the love as a “fixed mark” a metaphor to the North Star which can never be shaken. “Loves not Times fool, though rosy lips and cheeks” acknowledges that time has the power to change the human body but the love will not be undermined. According to Shakespeare love of the “true minds” will bear it out even at the worst times. The first three stanzas in the poem are quatrains and the last is a couplet and it may be the strongest statement that backs up his opinion about marrying for love. “If this is an error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved” the speaker implies that he is so sure of what he believes about the nature of true love that if he is wrong, than he never wrote and no man has ever loved. His view is idealistic and he knows he has written and that people have loved. Brown 2 Unlike Shakespeare’s poem, Dryden uses a different approach about love and marriage....