A Comparison Of Sonnet 116 And Mother In A Refugee Camp

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The poems Sonnet 116 and Mother in a refugee camp are acknowledgements of love in which the poets portray different forms of love Shakespeare explores Eros where as Achebe explores Philia these poems show how variable love can be.

Philia is a Greek form of love that relates to familial love which in my opinion can be appropriately linked to the poem written by Achebe as well as this the poem could also be related to agape love when the poet compares this mothers love to that of Jesus and Mary ‘No Madonna and Child could touch / Her tenderness for a son’ this states that none of the depicted versions of Mary’s tenderness towards a dying Jesus could compare to this one mother.

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” All these instances the qualities of a person to an emotion are attributed, this serves the purpose in making the message clear, and that love should be never ending the vows taken in marriage should ready you for experiences. One also finds Time to be personified “Love is not Time’s fool.” This description paints Time as a puppeteer who plays around with everything, controlling everyone, and changing things on whims, which is a repetitive idea in many of Shakespeare's works. This demonstrates the good that Shakespeare has seen in love and what his definition of love is.

Whereas a mother in a refugee camp shows images of disease, illness and death which surround the camp; Achebe describes the smell of the camp, and the ribs of the children protruding from sickness, painting a horrifying picture of sick infants and helpless people. Then Achebe goes on to say how other mothers no longer care, they can no longer cope with the struggle of surviving and now only await death, this can be related to Sonnet 116 that in a change of situation love is lost between mother and child but Shakespeare does not see this as love because it is not broken by impediments. Achebe has aptly described how drastically the lives of those who are forced to leave their...

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