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"Sonnet 116" By William Shakespeare And "Cold In The Earth" By Emily Bront¸

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In the poems "Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare and "Cold in the Earth" by Emily Bront¸ the theme of love is clearly expressed in numerous ways and reflects one of the strongest human bonds.In "Sonnet 116", Shakespeare describes love in its most ideal form, as an eternal, everlasting bond between two people that can withstand physical changes caused by the passing of time. Love is described as unchanging and unalterable. The first two lines are an allusion to the words of the Marriage Service: 'If any of you know cause or just impediment why these two persons should not be joined together in holy matrimony'. 'If either of you know any inward impediment why you should not be ...view middle of the document...

Lastly, the use of iambic pentameter in the sonnet adds to the rhythm, the rhyming using open and closed vowels makes it more euphonious, and mostly being monosyllabic words adds to the simplicity of the poem, emphasising the simplicity of true love."Cold in the Earth" is a lament about a lost lover and shows that love remains just as strong even after the person has passed away. This contrasts to "Sonnet 116" as it expresses the idea of undying love rather than the idealistic love that Shakespeare portrayed and yet is similar in the fact that time cannot alter love. Love is viewed from the viewpoint of the narrator in the poem who has never accepted that their 'Only Love' had died. Bront¸ capitalises 'my Only Love' thus putting emphasis on the fact that the narrator has never moved on or loved another person since the death. The poet uses the repetition of 'far' in the phrase 'far, far removed' to emphasise the fact that the narrator realises that they are distanced by death, which is further added to by the fact that they are also separated geographically as the lover's grave is so far away in 'Angora'.She uses strong words, when necessary, to emphasise the terrible scenario. A good example of this is 'severed at last by Time's all-wearing wave?' The word 'severed' is used as it is a strong word giving the feeling of finality and yet it ends with a question mark showing uncertainty, but even after this the narrator is still deeply in love with them. Just like Shakespeare, Bront¸ personifies 'Time' giving the image of a physical force, rather than an abstract force against which the narrator is fighting.'Time's all-wearing wave' - When you think of waves and the sea, you get an image of them crashing against rocks and wearing them away. Here, time can be seen as the force, which is wearing the woman away. Another image that comes to mind is when you wave goodbye. That is what the woman needs to do, say goodbye to her love once and for all. Yet at the end of the line, there is a question mark. The phraseology seems to be, at first, as if a statement is being made, but then, abruptly at the end it...

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