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lilmo | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 18, 2007 at 2:43 AM via web

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List two sonnets which use the theme of "the object of his love shall live forever in the poet's verses."

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byanyothername | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 18, 2007 at 4:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Any two sonnets? How fun! Well, I'm going to focus my answer on the idea of love persisting "despite time's ravages." Two of the best sonnets ever written on this topic are Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 which says, "Love's not time's fool" describing a love that can survive anything: "that looks on Tempests and is not shaken." Another sonnet on this topic (also by Mr. Shakespeare) is Sonnet 55 which looks at the power of the poem itself to outlast time and in so doing to keep his love alive: "Not marble, nor the gilded monuments/Of princes shall outlive this powerful rhyme,/But you shall shine more bright in these contents/Than unswept stone, besmeared with sluttish time." What a wonderful idea!

You may also want to check out any of the first seventeen of Shakespeare's Sonnets. "Ozymandias" by Shelley may even be helpful in your plight. Have fun!

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