In what way is love like law in Shakespeare's sonnet 35?

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In Sonnet 35, Shakespeare largely works with variants of the idea that nothing is perfect -- even roses have thorns, and clouds often cover the sun.

He goes on to extend this analogy to mean no one is perfect, including himself. Here he is referring specifically to love. He...

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In Sonnet 35, Shakespeare largely works with variants of the idea that nothing is perfect -- even roses have thorns, and clouds often cover the sun.

He goes on to extend this analogy to mean no one is perfect, including himself. Here he is referring specifically to love. He had made an error by criticizing his lover, as in doing so he has corrupted himself:

All men make faults, and even I in this,

Authorizing thy trespass with compare,

Myself corrupting salving thy amiss....

The analogy to law comes in the line that mentions the "advocate," which in this context means a lawyer, and the following one that mentions “a lawful plea”. In England, the lawyer who appears in court to advocate for a client is called a barrister. The lover is telling his beloved that in this metaphorical court, he would be beginning to argue against himself by entering a plea.

Thy adverse party is thy advocate—

And ‘gainst myself a lawful plea commence.

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