What type of poem is "Sonnet 63" and how does the structure of the poem impact the meaning?  

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The poem is a sonnet, which is traditionally used to send messages of love.

The name of this poem is “Sonnet 63,” and it is in fact a sonnet.  It was written sometime in the 17th century, so it was highly influenced by Shakespeare’s sonnets.

A sonnet is a love poem.  In Elizabethan times, young men would write sonnets to their ladies in order to woo them.

In this particular sonnet, there are comparisons of love to war.  The theme is that love is war.  There are similarities.  The poem begins with the speaker asking for a truce.

Bad is the match, where neither party won.

   I offer free Conditions of fair Peace!

 My heart for hostage that it shall remain.

 Discharge our forces! Here, let malice cease!

Love is often compared to war.  A gentleman fights to win the lady’s heart, and when she surrenders he wins.  In this case, he is surrendering.  He concedes that she has won his heart, and he wants the fighting to stop so the loving can begin.


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