Poetry and Human relationships

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Relationships are complicated. We are constantly searching for meaning and explanation in times of trial and tribulation. These complex times have often become the focus of numerous poets through the ages. William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130  and "Sonnet 138,  and Ben Johnson's "On My First Son  are some of the many poems that reflect how as humans we must deal with emotionally complicated situations in our relationships with others.

In a relationship, trust is very hard to earn and easily lost. Trust allows a relationship to grow because there is not the constant worry of what the other person is doing. However, when trust is broken, like the situation in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 138,  one must decide what actions and words to believe or hold in contempt. Shakespeare introduces the dilemma the speaker faces when he writes: "When my love swears that she is made of truth  (Shakespeare line 1 759). When the speaker's wife lies about her infidelity, he wants to believe her. The speaker states, "I do believe her, though I know she lies  (Shakespeare line 2 759). Literary critic, Alice Moore, believes that the speaker is dealing w

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