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Religious Belief in Sonnet 55 of Shakespeare

Author(s): Dingming Wang | Dini Zhang

Journal: Theory and Practice in Language Studies
ISSN 1799-2591

Volume: 1;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 1011;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Shakespeare | sonnet 55 | religious belief | time

In many poems of Renaissance, there is a dominant theme that poetry can overcome time and eternize a person with his virtues. As a Christian, some poems of Shakespeare reflect not only this theme, but also his religious belief. In Sonnet 55, Shakespeare praises the power of poetry over material world, shows the power of love to eternize a person, and hints a challenging belief to his contemporary theme that God is the actual source of eternal life.
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