Why does Shakespeare believe that pure love is never lust?

This sonnet 129 is a direct expression of Shakespeare on the harms and vices of lust. Although he has not given the qualities of true love but for clear understanding of the conception of true love. We should read sonnet No 116 The Marriage of True Minds. In this sonnet he has very practically advised us to avoid lust and sexual context. In the very first two lines he says:

“The expense of spirit in a waste of shame

Is lust in action; and till action lust.”

The Bad Effects and Harms of Lust:

Shakespeare has very lucidly described the bad effects of lust on human beings. Really lust is extravagant expenditure of the spiritual powers of soul. The act of lust creates lies and destruction. It is full of blame and savagery and rudeness. It is also an expression of cruelty. There is no reasonableness in lust. It results in hatred. The very act of love leads to madness.

The Heaven of Love Leads to Hell:

All persons know that lust is most harmful to human personality. Its effects are dangerous and harmful yet people do not avoid It. The harmful effects are described in the following two lines:

“A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe,

 Before, a joy proposed, behind, a dream.”

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This sonnet may be compared with the famous poem of Shakespeare Lucerne The following lines cap be quoted as comparison with the lines of this sonnet:

“For light and lust deadly enemies:

Shame folded up in blind-concealing night,

When most unseen, then most doth tyrannize.”


Thus Shakespeare has expressed his idea that lust is the wastage of one’s vital energy in a shameful manner. It is something murderous, bloody and untrustworthy.



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