Love And Death By William Shakespeare

924 Words May 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Probably the two most popular topics in poems or sonnets are about love or death. The brilliant William Shakespeare also considered England 's national poet, was an English actor, poet, and playwright who is considered to be the greatest writer in the English language during the Renaissance era. He wrote thirty eight plays, one hundred and fifty four sonnets, and two long narrative poems. Many of Shakespeare’s sonnets, poems, and plays focuses on the topic of love including the Sonnet 116 “Let me not to the marriage of true minds.” John Donne was an English poet born in 1572. Donne had two stages in his life when he was young he was often called a womanizer and rebellious, but as he got older he became more religious and was a dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, he married and had twelve children. Most of his subjects in his poems included love, death, sexuality, and religion. Donne wrote religious poems but also secular, erotic poems about love. After his wife died after child birth he wrote a good bye poem to her entitled “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning.” Although love and death can be completely different or go hand in hand, Shakespeare’s sonnet about love and Donne’s poem about death exhibit how people perceive love and death in different ways but also having common similarities. “Let me not to the marriage of true minds” by William Shakespeare is an English/Shakespearean Sonnet about true love, a soul mate. The first four lines talk about how no obstacle can change…
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