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...er” (Shakespeare 9) and “eternal lines” (Shakespeare 12) both refer to Shakespeare’s desire to immortalize the subject’s beauty. The final, and undoubtedly greatest difference between the two works, is the method of expressing them. A sonnet is meant to be recited, unlike a song, which is always accompanied by a melody and vocals. Dolly Parton’s soft and feminine voice beautifully complements the lyrics, and the upbeat music further enhances the warm and cheerful atmosphere of the song. Despite the differences in structure and time period, Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18” and Dolly Parton’s “Love Is Like a Butterfly” share similar themes, and are great representations of how love can be expressed through literature.
Dolly Parton. Love Is Like a Butterfly. RCA, 1974. CD.
Shakespeare, William. Shakespeare's Sonnets. Ed. Tucker Brooke. London: Oxford UP: 1936.
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