What is the difference between Sonnet 18 and 116 and the meaning of them both?

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I could see why your teacher would ask you this, as both sonnets talk about love and time and the idea of lasting forever.  But the sonnets are actually quite different if you look closely.  Let's start with Sonnet 18 , perhaps the most famous of the sonnets.  As the poet compares his love's (a boy? a girl? himself?) beauty to things in nature, nature can't stack up.  Summer is too short, the sun too hot.  And nature's beauty fades, as does a person's as they age.  But not his love's; his love's beauty is eternal, and Death will not brag about having...

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