Sonnet 18 vs. Sonnet 75

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The power of immortalizing literature is in the hands of the reader.


The power of immortalizing literature is in the hands of the reader.

One of the things that is on people minds is immortality. What will happen to them when they die but more importantly how and will they be remembered. Nature portrays immortality with the cycle of life. Everything has a beginning middle and an end and then starts all over again like the sun that will rise tomorrow or the tie that keeps occurring. Literature, according to some poets, possesses the same characteristic as nature. These poets claim that as long as people write poems and
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Either people decide to read the poem and by doing so grant the subject matter as well as the writer immortality or they don't. " But came the tyde, and made my paynes his pray"(l.4).

While both sonnets deal with the readers power to immortalize the writer as well as the lover they have a distinguished differences. The first is the use of nature and the role the personas give it. Sonnet 75 uses nature to emphasize that the poet's words are not enough to immortalize the lover. It uses nature to show how powerful it is and how it controls life and death, while in sonnet 18 nature plays a role in helping the persona, as well as the reader, come to a realization that the lover's beauty cannot be compered at all. Nature is used here to portray beauty.

Another difference between the two sonnets is the persona's thoughts. Shakespeare's sonnet 18 starts with the persona's thoughts write from the first line "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?" while sonnet 75 portrays them In the final line of the first quatrain "But came the tyde, and made my paynes his pray". This is the first time in the sonnet


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