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Justifying Mutual Deceit in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 - Justifying Mutual Deceit in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 A common conception of William Shakespeare’s poetry entails complex language and hidden meanings. Shakespeare is famous for his ability to author a web of images that creates layers of interpretations and understandings. In Sonnet 138 however, Shakespeare is more direct in describing his relationship with his lover by avoiding imagery and metaphors, explaining to the reader that this seemingly unconventional relationship is indeed justified....   [tags: William Shakespeare Sonnet] 1862 words
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Youth: Life at Its Peak in "Sonnet 15" by William Shakespeare - As each day goes by the beauty of our vibrant youth decays and diminishes. In "Sonnet 15" Shakespeare refers to youth as life at its peak, however this precious point in our life is short-lived. Shakespeare speaks of youth as a single moment of perfection. He glorifies youth and alleges to immortalize it through his poetic words. He uses metaphors, imagery, and rhyme in a way to enhance the beauty and perfection of mans youth while in its prime. Through this he demonstrate the love and richness of youth despite the tole time takes on it....   [tags: Sonnet 15, Shakespeare, youth, ]
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William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 - Keeping love alive is not easy. One knows that life eventually comes to an end, but does love. Time passes and days must end. It is in "Sonnet 18", by Shakespeare, that we see a challenge to the idea that love is finite. Shakespeare shows us how some love is eternal and will live on forever in comparison to a beautiful summer's day. Shakespeare has a way of keeping love alive in "Sonnet 18", and he uses a variety of techniques to demonstrate how love is more brilliant and everlasting than a summer's day....   [tags: Shakespeare Sonnet]
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Women in Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 - Women in Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 Shakespeare is expressing, though not in the first person, that he knows women are not the perfect beauties they are portrayed to be and that we should love them anyway. He uses two types of descriptions, one of their physical beauty and the other of their characteristics to make fun of all those ‘romantic’ poets trying to ‘brown nose’ the girls they like. One of the physical attributes, in the first quatrain, that he mentions is his “mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun,” meaning she has no ‘twinkle’ in her eyes....   [tags: Sonnet 130 Shakespeare Women Essays] 459 words
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An Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 - An Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 Shakespeare's Sonnet 116, denying Time's harvest of love, contains 46 iambic, 15 spondaic, 6 pyrrhic, and 3 trochaic feet. Like the varying magnitudes of stars that distinguish the sky's constellations, infused with myths describing all degrees and types of love, the spondaic, trochaic, and pyrrhic substitutions create a pattern of meaning that can be inferred by the discerning eye and mind. Shakespeare emphasizes his denial of the effects of Time on love by accenting "not" in lines 1, 2, 9, and 11, and "no" in lines 5 and 14....   [tags: Shakespeare Sonnet Essays 116 Papers]
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Free Essay on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 65 - Here's Shakespeare's sonnet no. 65. I'm going to (a) space it out and (b) add in a running commentary that might be helpful to suggest the kinds of reactions one might have in reading it. Let me know if this helps. Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea "nor"="and not". A list . . . a slowly paced list. Of what sorts of things. what scope. what do they have in common?. . . Sentence is just beginning . . . But sad mortality o'er-sways their power, Ah . . . none of them last....   [tags: Shakespeare Sonnet 65] 725 words
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Midlife Crisis in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 - Midlife Crisis in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 138” presents an aging man’s rationalization for deceit in an affair with a younger woman. The speaker of the sonnet realizes his mistress lies to him about being faithful. He in turn, portrays himself as younger than he actually is: “When my love swears that she is made of truth / I do believe her though I know she lies, / That she might think me some untutored youth…” (1-3). “Sonnet 138” allows the reader a glimpse into the speaker’s mind, and what one finds is a man suffering from what is commonly known as a midlife crisis....   [tags: William shakespeare Sonnet 138 Essays]
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The Theme of Unconditional Love in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 - The Theme of Unconditional Love in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 'Sonnet 130' sounds as if it is mocking all of the other poems of Shakespeare's era. Love poems of this time period made women out to be superficial goddesses. 'Sonnet 130' takes the love poem to a deeper, more intimate level where looks are no longer important and it is inner beauty that matters. Shakespeare paints this picture using a wonderful combination of metaphors and a simile. He starts the poem out with a simile comparing his mistress' eyes to the sun....   [tags: Papers William Shakespeare Sonnet 130 Essays] 588 words
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Sonnet XX, by William Shakespeare - Sonnet XX, by William Shakespeare, is fraught with wordplay and ambiguity. Shakespeare misleads the audience with variety of puns and double entendres. Due to the large amount of criticism this poem produces, it is necessary to analyze this piece twice: once from the perspective of a female attraction, and once from the perspective of a male attraction. Only when both sides of this equilibrium are examined can true insight be achieved. It is my goal to present the same mystifying experiences as Shakespeare: the initial debate as to whether this fair youth is male or female, and the ultimate debate as to whether our narrator’s intense fondness for this youth is the result of platonic love o...   [tags: Sonnet XX Essays] 1482 words
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A Critical Comparison of Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130" and Elizabeth Barrett-Browning's "Sonnet 14" - Petrarchan sonnets are like all the other typical sonnets in the early sixteenth which consist of 14 verses in the poem and 10 syllables per line. In comparison, they all instigate the traditional theme of love where women were admired and sometimes worshipped in order to express deep love that emissaries her beauty. However, Petrarchan sonnet could not said be too congruent to sixteenth style of writing sonnets. Nevertheless, they share identical theme in the sonnets which is the traditional theme of love where Petrarchan sonnets uses clichés in order to describe his mistress as “lucid gold” and her smile as “angelic smile”....   [tags: Sonnet 130, sonnet 14] 1338 words
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An Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 - An Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73      Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare is widely read and studied. But what is Shakespeare  trying to say. Though it seems there will not be a simple answer, for a better understanding of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73, this essay offers an explication of the sonnet from The Norton Anthology of English Literature:                 That time of year thou mayst in me behold               When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang               Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,               Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang....   [tags: Sonnet essays]
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Love in Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 - The Philosophy of Love in Sonnet 138                     Shakespeare was a superb philosopher, but in his sonnets, he was a philosopher of love.  Shakespeare sets forth the experiences of love and its torments fully within his sonnets.  The philosophy of love is that, love reconciles all.  Love is the evil and the good, the lies and the truth.  Love is all there is. It passion as well as deception and lies. "Sonnet 138", is a notable example of Shakespeare's philosophy of love.  Written as a dramatic monologue, this sonnet (also known as "song") is a lyric.  Like all sonnets, there are fourteen lines, with every four lines written as quatrains in a b a b format.  The last two lines are kn...   [tags: Sonnet essays] 712 words
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Warnings in Shakespeare's Sonnet 95 - Warnings in Shakespeare's Sonnet 95        William Shakespeare is the master of subtle humor and sexual puns.  In his "Sonnet 95," a poem to a blond young man, both are seen while pointing out a couple of realities about sexual sin.  He speaks directly to a young man whose physical beauty compensates for his lack of sexual morality.     Shakespeare would like for this young man to realize that his handsomeness is the sole aspect of his person that prevents absolute disapproval of his behavior in other people, and he also wants him to be aware of the ultimate consequences of his actions.  Through a clever use of diction, imagery, and meter in a typical Shakespearia...   [tags: Sonnet essays]
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Egotism and Love in Shakespeare's Sonnet 42 - Egotism and Love in Shakespeare's Sonnet 42      William Shakespeare's sonnets deal with two very distinct individuals: the blond young man and the mysterious dark-haired woman. The young man is the focus of the earlier numbered sonnets while the latter ones deal primarily with the dark-haired woman. The character of the young man and a seductive mistress are brought together under passionate circumstances in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 42." The sexual prowess of the mistress entangles both Shakespeare and the young man in her web of flesh....   [tags: Sonnet essays]
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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 154 - Analysis of Sonnet 154 The little Love-god lying once asleep Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand, Whilst many nymphs that vow'd chaste life to keep Came tripping by; but in her maiden hand The fairest votary took up that fire Which many legions of true hearts had warm'd, And so the General of hot desire Was sleeping by a virgin hand disarm'd. This brand she quenched in a cool well by, Which from Love's fire took heat perpetual, Growing a bath and healthful remedy For men diseas'd....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 414 words
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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 65 - Analysis of Sonnet 65 Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea, But sad mortality o'ersways their power, How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower. Oh how shall summer's honey breath hold out Against the wrackful siege of battering days, When rocks impregnable are not so stout Nor gates of steel so strong but time decays. Oh fearful meditation. where, alack, Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid. Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 521 words
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Eroticism and Mortality in Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 - Eroticism and Mortality in Shakespeare's Sonnet #73 William Shakespeare's sonnet cycle is famous with its rich metaphorical style.  The depth of each sonnet comes from its multilayered meanings and images, which are reinforced by its structure, sound, and rhythm.  Sonnet #73 provides an excellent example.  This sonnet shows the speaker's agony over human mortality and, moreover, his/her way of coping with it in an effective way.  The speaker, especially in terms of his cognizance of time, experiences dramatic changes in two ways: (1) from time measured by quantity to time as quality,  (2) from cyclical time to a linear one.  These changes, manifested by a set of images (autumn, twili...   [tags: Sonnet essays]
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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 55 - Analysis of Sonnet 55 Not marble, nor the gilded monuments Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme; But you shall shine more bright in these contents Than unswept stone besmear'd with sluttish time. When wasteful war shall statues overturn, And broils root out the work of masonry, Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn The living record of your memory. 'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room Even in the eyes of all posterity That wear this world out to the ending doom....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 650 words
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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 5 - Analysis of Sonnet 5 Those hours that with gentle work did frame The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell Will play the tyrants to the very same, And that unfair which fairly doth excel: For never-resting time leads summer on To hideous winter and confounds him there, Sap check'd with frost, and lusty leaves quite gone, Beauty o'ersnow'd and bareness everywhere: Then were not summer's distillation left A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass, Beauty's effect with beauty were bereft, Nor ir nor no remembrance what it was....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 363 words
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Critique of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 - Critique of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 In “Sonnet 138” also known as “When My Love Swears that she is Made of Truth” is a sonnet written by William Shakespeare, has many examples of literary elements such as personification and various types of rhyme. In “Sonnet 138” the author writes the sonnet in iambic pentameter and writes in an ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG rhyme scheme. The narrator also includes examples of connotation and denotation to help change the meaning of the poem. Throughout the sonnet the author obviously is an older man than the younger woman that he is dating....   [tags: Shakespeare, Poetry Analysis] 700 words
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Essay on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73 - Interpretation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73 Sonnet 73 is a meditation on mortality, and yet it can be interpreted in a number of ways. The first such interpretation is that the author of the poem is speaking to someone else about his own death that will inevitably come in the future. This interpretation has the poem focused on the author, and his focus and concern over himself. This makes him seem very selfish, because we are all going to die sooner or later, and it does not do any good to dwell on or complain about it....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 796 words
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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 97 - Analysis of Sonnet 97 How like a winter hath my absence been From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year. What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!- What old December's bareness everywhere. And yet this time remov'd was summer's time,- The teeming autumn big with rich increase Bearing the wanton burthen of the prime, Like widow'd wombs after their lords' decease: Yet this abundant issue seem'd to me But hope of orphans, and unfather'd fruit; For summer and his pleasures wait on thee, And thou away the very birds are mute: Or if they sing, 'tis with so dull a cheer That leaves look pale, dreading the winter's near....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 388 words
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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 153 - Analysis of Sonnet 153 Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep. A maid of Dian's this advantage found, And his love-kindling fire did quickly steep In a cold valley-fountain of that ground; Which borrow'd from this holy fire of Love A dateless lively heat, still to endure, And grew a seething bath which men yet prove Against strange maladies a sovereign cure. But at my mistress' eye Love's brand new fir'd, The boy for trial needs would touch my breast. I, sick withal, the help of bath desir'd, And thither hied, a sad distemper'd guest; But found no cure: the bath for my help lies Where Cupid got new fire-my mistress' eyes....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 437 words
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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 14 - Analysis of Sonnet 14 Not from the stars do i my judgement pluck, And yet methinks I have astronomy- But not to tell of good or evil luck, Of plagues, of dearths, or season's quality: Nor can I fortune to Brief minutes tell, Pointing to each his thunder, rain, and wind, Or say with princes if it shall go well By oft predict that I in heaven find: But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive, And, constant stars, in them I read suck art As truth and beauty shall together thrive If from thy self to store thou wouldst convert: Or else of thee this I prognosticate:- Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 384 words
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Shakespeare's Rebuttal to Possibilities in Sonnet 96 - Shakespeare's Rebuttal to Possibilities in Sonnet 96       Shakespeare's apostrophic "Sonnet 96," one of the sonnets written to the blond young man, is arranged similar to a rebuttal in an argument or debate." In the first three quatrains, he describes several possibilities, such as the youth's winning nature and potential for mischief, only to refute them in the couplet." He begins with concise one-line points in the first quatrain, moves to a comparison utilizing the entire quatrain in the second, and transitions to two-line arguments in the final quatrain, evoking the idea of a logical, organized argument." Along with reason, however, are the romantic tones of the couplet, whi...   [tags: Sonnet essays]
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The Sonnet Form and its Meaning: Shakespeares Sonnet 65 - The Sonnet Form and its Meaning: Shakespeare Sonnet 65            The sonnet, being one of the most traditional and recognized forms of poetry, has been used and altered in many time periods by writers to convey different messages to the audience. The strict constraints of the form have often been used to parallel the subject in the poem. Many times, the first three quatrains introduce the subject and build on one another, showing progression in the poem. The final couplet brings closure to the poem by bringing the main ideas together....   [tags: William Shakespeare Sonnet 65 Essays] 1853 words
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Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 - This sonnet is by far one of the most interesting poems in the book. Of Shakespeare's sonnets in the text, this is one of the most moving lyric poems that I have ever read. There is great use of imagery within the sonnet. This is not to say that the rest of the poems in the book were not good, but this to me was the best, most interesting, and most beautiful of them. It is mainly due to the simplicity and loveliness of the poem’s praise of the beloved woman that it has guaranteed its place in my mind, and heart.The speaker of the poem opens with a question that is addressed to the beloved, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" This question is comparing her to the summer tim...   [tags: Sonnet 18 Essay] 1253 words
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The Tension between Beauty and Virtue in Shakespeare's Sonnet 95 - The Tension between Beauty and Virtue in Shakespeare's Sonnet 95      "Sonnet 95" of Shakespeare's "blond young man" sonnets depicts a tension-filled variation on the classic blazon. The poet seems torn between the "shame" (1) that taints his subject and the "sweets" (4) of the subject 's beauty. The initial imagery of a "canker" (2) within a "rose" (2) serves to set up the sexual overtones that dominate the poem, as well as to create the sense of strain between disapproval and attraction that heightens throughout each quatrain....   [tags: Shaksespeare Sonnet essays]
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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet Sonnet 107 - Analysis of Sonnet 107 Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul Of the wide world dreaming on things to come Can yet the lease of my true love control, Suppos'd as forfeit to a condin'd doom. The mortal moon hath her eclipse endur'd, And the sad augurs mock their own presage; Incertainties now crown themselves assur's, nd peace proclaims olives of endless age. Now with the drops of this most balmy time My love looks fresh; and Death to me subscribes, Since spite of him I'll lime in this poor rhyme While he insults o'er dull and speechless tribes: And thou in this shalt find thy monument When tyrants' crests and tombs of brass are spent....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 526 words
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Shakespeare's Sonnet 16 - Analysis of Sonnet 16 Sonnet 16 is a ravishing poem. It presents an argument that appears to be abstract or philosophical, not personal at all, not "interested" in the narrow sense. And impediment, which is generally required in a sonnet, is named by the poet only so that he may specifically disallow it. What shall we make of the contradiction. Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 685 words
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Essay on Metaphors for Death in Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 - Metaphors for Death in Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 73: That Time of Year Thou Mayest in Me Behold" is a sonnet that examines the fears and anxieties that surround growing old and dying -- a topic that resonates within us all. Shakespeare's use of metaphor to illustrate decay and passing are striking, and sets a somber tone throughout. He uses the season of Fall, the coming of night, and the burning out of a flame as metaphors for old age and death, and then uses the last two lines to suggest that we should love and cherish life while we can....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 557 words
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Essay on the Gift of Life in Shakespeare's Sonnet 16 - The Precious Gift of Life Revealed in Sonnet 16 Throughout literature authors attempt to control the passage of time through their works. In William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 16" he addresses this subject through the use of literary devices. These devices indicate how the progress of seasons cannot be controlled by words alone. The passing of time is displayed through paradox and imagery, but it is overcome by the ceaseless life of progeny, unlike the feeble words of Shakespeare's sonnet....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 596 words
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Free College Essays - Shakespeare's Sonnet 76 - Sonnet #76 Sonnet #76 is in the section of Shakespeare's sonnets generally accepted as being written to the "fair young man." However, there is no clear indication within this sonnet to identify its recipient. The form is consistent iambic pentameter with an abab,cdcd,efef,gg rhyme scheme. The basic argument of this sonnet is the power of the sonnet itself as a lasting expression of love. In the first quatrain, the poet questions himself about his poetic style. He makes reference to it being "barren" (unproductive, dry, lacking richness or interest) of "new pride" which is an archaic expression for "ornament." He questions the lack of var...   [tags: Sonnet essays] 562 words
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Free College Essays - Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 - Sonnet 130   Shakespeare was obviously a very deep, passionate and learned man; he was very open with how he felt and was able to express it in a way that was very exact and easy to comprehend.  In his sonnets, which, to me, are like a little diary, he talks a lot about his life involving his mistress as well as a male friend that he may or may not have been involved with.  In Sonnet 130 Shakespeare is talking of his mistress, her faults and his feelings about her an her faults.  the duration of the piece is spent pointing out the faults of this woman and how he thinks that any other man would be simply repulsed by this woman....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 355 words
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Love in Shakespeare's Sonnet 128 and Gibran's The Prophet - Love in Shakespeare's Sonnet 128 and Gibran's The Prophet        William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 128" suggests a rather playful and sensual approach to love, while an excerpt on love and marriage from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet has a didactic and intellectual tone. Shakespeare revels in lustful possession of his lover, but Gibran advises leaving space between partners in their relationship.   Well-endowed with imagery, Shakespeare's sonnet evokes the vision of a woman swaying back and forth playing a spinet, and the poet sitting back smiling and enjoying her movements, aroused by her music and charm....   [tags: Sonnet essays]
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Free College Essays - Shakespeare's Sonnet 147 - Sonnet 147 SONNET CXLVII My love is as a fever, longing still For that which longer nurseth the disease, Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill, The uncertain sickly appetite to please. My reason, the physician to my love, Angry that his prescriptions are not kept, Hath left me, and I desperate now approve Desire is death, which physic did except. Past cure I am, now reason is past care, And frantic-mad with evermore unrest; My thoughts and my discourse as madmen's are, At random from the truth vainly express'd; For I have sworn thee fair and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 781 words
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Free College Essays - Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 75 - Analysis of Sonnet 75 SONNET 75 So are you to my thoughts as food to life, Or as sweet-season'd showers are to the ground; And for the peace of you I hold such strife As 'twixt a miser and his wealth is found; Now proud as an enjoyer and anon Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure, Now counting best to be with you alone, Then better'd that the world may see my pleasure; Sometime all full with feasting on your sight And by and by clean starved for a look; Possessing or pursuing no delight, Save what is had or must from you be took....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 948 words
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Physicality and Emotional Attachment in Shakespeare's Sonnet 46 - Physicality and Emotional Attachment in Shakespeare's Sonnet 46      In "Sonnet 46" of his works about the blond young man, William Shakespeare presents a unique view on the classic debate about physical lust versus emotional love. The poet struggles to decide if his feelings are based upon superficial desire and infatuation, represented by the "eye" (1), or true love independent of the physical world, symbolized by the "heart" (1). With a deft movement from violent imagery in the first two lines to the civilized language of law, Shakespeare dismisses the commonly accepted view of a battle between the eye and the heart.  The diction of warfare denotes two very separate alien side...   [tags: Sonnet essays]
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Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's Sonnet 20 and Byron's To Thyrza - Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's Sonnet 20 and Byron's To Thyrza   Crompton states in his epilogue "...diverse sexual lifestyles still arouse apprehension even when they threaten no direct harm to others. In this particular matter, our culture faces business unfinished by the Enlightenment" (381). Examining Byron and Shakespeare's poetry, opens a window to the prevailing sexual attitude of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century and defines more clearly the intent of these poets. A sexual metamorphosis involving the realization of homosexual desires and nonconventional erotic preferences occurs in both Lord Byron's "To Thyrza" and William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 20", but the poets,...   [tags: Sonnet essays] 2145 words
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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 118 - Analysis of Sonnet 118 Like as, to make our appetites more keen, With eager compounds we our palate urge; As to prevent our maladies unseen We sicken to shun sickness when we purge: Even so, being full of your ne'er cloying sweetness, To bitter sauces did I frame my feeding; And, sick of welfare, found a kind of meetness To be diseas'd ere that there was true needing.j Thus policy in love, to anticipate The ills that were not, grew to faults assur'd, And brought to medicine a healthful state Which, rank of goodness, would by ill be cur'd: But thence I learn, and find the lesson true, Drugs poison him that so fell sick of you....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 479 words
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An Explination of Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 - “If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun” is a quote from Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 that compare’s Shakespeare’s mistress skin color to something that is unattractive for the time period of the sixteenth century. Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 ,“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun,” mocks the traditional Petrarchan sonnet. It is questionable whether it mocks a certain Petrarchan sonnet or rather the whole idealized love object aspect of the Petrarchan tradition. Instead of being love sick and idolizing his lady, Shakespeare demeans his lady by comparing her to unattractive subjects by using similes and metaphors....   [tags: mocking, love, unattractive] 549 words
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Sonnet 138, by William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare, born in 1564 and died in 1616, wrote one hundred and fifty four sonnets in his lifetime. It is said that Shakespeare’s sonnets from 127 to 152 discuss the Dark Lady. Shakespeare appeared to have mixed feelings toward this Dark Lady who was not a portrayal of his actual wife. (Absolute Shakespeare, 2005) This paper will discuss Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138, “When my love swears that she is made of truth”. This Petrarchan sonnet has the rhyme scheme of ABAB, CDCD in the octave and EFEF, GG in the sestet....   [tags: Love, Relationship Imperfection, Flaws]
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Sonnet 138, by William Shakespeare - (Interesting hook) William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138 depicts the relationship of a couple, who many believe to be Shakespeare and his mistress, a woman referred to as, The Black Lady. Throughout the sonnet the vast use of imagery causes the reader to imagine the sonnet as if it were a play where the characters are covered by a mask of lies. (Put a clever transition in here) Although Sonnet 138 depicts the speakers’ willingness to settle for false love and put on a mask, Sonnet 138 depicts a relationship that its very survival is based on this deceit....   [tags: Deceit, Hidden Appearances, Characters]
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Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare - ... This states that if he is proved wrong, and honest true love does end or change and is not forever, then he takes everything he said back. He then ends with saying if he is wrong then that also means no man has ever truly been in love. These beliefs are that is love is found and it is true then it is forever, and it abides by everything Shakespeare said. The most difficult part of the poem to comprehend is the very end. James Livingston wrote a critical essay on Sonnet 116. He discusses the many themes and meanings throughout the poem....   [tags: literary analysis] 1010 words
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Analysis of Shakespeare Sonnet 12 - The passage of time is a popular theme amongst Shakespeare’s sonnets more specifically in Sonnet 12. In Sonnet 12 Shakespeare speaks about seasons changing and objects dying all as time passes without pause. Event after event happens in a cycle with birth being the start and death being the end and everyone is a part of it. It is also important to note that this being Sonnet 12 is significant in that there are twelve hours in a day, twelve hours in a night, and twelve months in a year which plays into the theme of time....   [tags: seasons, dying, twelve, imagery] 604 words
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Death in the Twelfth Sonnet by William Shakespeare - In a modern age with modern medicine, the young don’t often think of death. That prospect is years away and nothing to worry about for most. As a result, the young seldom think, and rarely, if ever, write about death. It becomes quickly apparent then, that William Shakespeare lived in a different era. Many of his earliest sonnets address and contemplate death, but why. Shakespeare lived in Elizabethan England at a time where the bubonic plague was still leaving its mark. A time where it was not common for people to live past what we consider middle age (Alchin)....   [tags: death, life, youth] 2565 words
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Critical Analysis of Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare - Critical Analysis of Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare (1564-1616) lived in a time of religious turbulence. During the Renaissance people began to move away from the Church. Authors began to focus on the morals of the individual and on less lofty ideals than those of the Middle Ages. Shakespeare wrote one-hundred fifty-four sonnets during his lifetime. Within these sonnets he largely explored romantic love, not the love of God. In Sonnet 29 Shakespeare uses specific word choice and rhyme to show the reader that it is easy to be hopeful when life is going well, but love is always there, for rich and poor alike, even when religion fails....   [tags: Shakespeare, literary analysis, poetry]
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The Death of Creative Power in Sonnet 73 - The Death of Creative Power in Sonnet 73 Most of the 127 sonnets Shakespeare wrote to one of his close male friends are united by the theme of the overwhelming, destructive power of time, and the counterbalancing power of love and poetry to create and preserve beauty. Sonnet 73 is no different, but it does present an intriguing twist on this theme. Most of these sonnets address the youth and beauty of his male friend, as well as poetry's power to immortalize them, but number 73 addresses the author's own mortality and the friend's love for him....   [tags: Shakespeare Sonnet 73] 1086 words
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Imagery in Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare - ... One can notice that Shakespeare can call upon powerful images while only using a limited number of words as apparent when he says, “…Within his bending sickle’s compass come”. A picture of the grim reaper, sickle in hand, looming comes to mind. The clear imagery used builds upon the poems theme of love by giving clear pictures of what love is and how Shakespeare truly feels about the topic. Metaphors used in “Sonnet 116” also help contribute to the understanding of Shakespeare’s overall theme of true love....   [tags: the power of love] 633 words
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Shakespeare's Sonnet 30 and Tennyson's In Memoriam - ... (Victorian Contexts, class notes: page 102) This era influenced Tennyson along with his poor mental state, it also mediates on the Victorians’ deepest concerns about religious doubt, such as death, creation and evolution. In Memoriam touches on many intellectual issues and the poet searches for the meaning of life and death while trying to come to terms with his sense of loss. (Victorian Context, class notes: page 110) In Memoriam reflects the struggle to reconcile traditional religious beliefs and faith which was a popular Victorian aspect of literature at the time....   [tags: comparative essay]
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Free College Essays - Analysis of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 19 - William Shakespeare is considered to be one of the most significant English poets and dramatists of all time. Shakespeare is credited with writing 36-38 dramatic works and many sonnets. In most of the sonnets the form is of three separate quatrains and a closing couplet for emotional and dramatic climax. Some sonnets seem open and addressed to the world. Others are too cryptic and personal to be intelligible. Sonnets 18-125 deal gradually with many themes associate with a handsome young man. The poet enjoys his friendship and promises to immortalize him through his poems....   [tags: Sonnet 19 essays] 516 words
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Compare Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare and the Glasgow Sonnet by - Compare Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare and the Glasgow Sonnet by Edwin Morgan. Poetry has many forms and styles of which it can be written and emphasised in. A sonnet is one of these forms. They mainly consist of fourteen lines, but can be set out in two different ways. One of two styles of sonnet is Elizabethan. William Shakespeare is an example of a poet and writer of this time period, and possible one of the most recognised for his work. William Shakespeare wrote an astounding 144 sonnets within his life time....   [tags: English Literature] 1112 words
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A Comparison of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 and Duffy's Valentine - A Comparison of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 and Duffy's Valentine Shakespear's attitude towards his lover is she is superior to the summer and very beautiful " Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" This show Shakespeare is thinking about comparing her to the summer but then he gives examples of how she is better than the summer. He says she is lovelier than the summer " Thou art more lovely and more temperate." He then goes on to say "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May" this means that she is more like a darling bud of May than a rough wind that come in the summer....   [tags: Poems Shakespeare Sonnets Duffy Valentine ] 635 words
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Experiencing Different Emotions and Struggles in Shakespeare's Sonnet 146 - ... The speaker struggles to understand his own endangered soul and why he has wasted so much time on temporary earthly indulgences. “Why so large cost, having so short a lease, Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend ” The use of the words ‘fading mansion’ represent the temporal world, explaining when life on earth is so short why does he spend so much on his ageing body if it is only occupied for a short time. In line 9/10 it explains “Then soul, live thou upon thy servant’s loss/ And let that pine to aggravate thy store” Rather than concerning himself with material waste his soul should devote itself to its own acquiring of knowledge as the soul can outlive the body and even conquer Death...   [tags: poems, sinful, dying]
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Communicating Love in Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare - Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare is one of his better know works of literature. This sonnet aims to define love by communicating what its is and what it is not. Shakespeare makes his point clear from the beggining of the poem: true love does not change even if there are circumstances that stand in its way. Shakespeare then goes onto define what love is by saying what it is not. Love is something that does not change even when it is confronted by tempests. It is not something that comes and goes, but rather is “not Time’s fool”, meaning that it is not subject to the passing of time....   [tags: literature, illusion to marriage] 1224 words
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Metaphors by Sylvia Plath and Sonnet 7 by William Shakespeare - The poems “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath and “Sonnet 7” by William Shakespeare contrast one another and provide insight into how each author felt about the issue of having a child through their writing. According to the website dedicated to her, Sylviaplath.de, Sylvia Plath wrote poetry predominantly in the mid 20th century. Her views on pregnancy are reflected in her poem “Metaphors” and are drastically different from those of Shakespeare. The gap in time between each poem is somewhere around three hundred and fifty years....   [tags: compare contrast comparison] 1990 words
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Does Love Define Us? - ... In order to forgive her he must change his standards, therefore changing himself. The lover is a female that cannot be committed to one man. Based on the way the poet passionately talks about her, she can be viewed as this beautiful young woman that does not want to be alone but she also does not want to be devoted to a single man. The poet has the view that love makes everything perfect, but in reality love is just an illusion. It allows us to wear different masks to hide the truth of who we are....   [tags: Shakespeare sonnet] 716 words
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There Goes the Sun: An Analysis of Shakespeare's 33rd Sonnet - There Goes the Sun: An analysis of Shakespeare's 33rd Sonnet Who doesn’t love a bright summer morning. Sadly, even the greatest days are cloaked in stifling clouds. William Shakespeare, in his “Full Many a Glorious Morning Have I Seen”, connects both types of days to something much greater. Through the extended metaphor of the sun, he discusses a man's wonder and impassivity towards life. Like one’s childhood, the poem begins with pure joy. Shakespeare begins the poem with “Full many a glorious morning have I seen / Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye.”(1-2) On a surface reading, the poet is saying how wonderful the day is....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 854 words
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Speakig to His Lover in Shakespeare’s Sonnet #23 - ... This comparison of life to the play is the clear way of showing author’s emotions, when he, in the same way as an actor, who does not remember his script, trying to find appropriate words to express huge feelings that he has. However, the image that follows is much more complicated in comparison with the shy actor showed in the first two lines of the sonnet. Here the persona goes further and compares himself to a wild animal, or “fierce thing” (23.3) to be clear. By using words “Whose strength’s abundance weakens his own heart” (23.4), the speaker points out that excessive rage, which corresponds to rage in speaker’s heart, gives this creature abundance of strength with the lack of contr...   [tags: passion, rage, emotions]
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Shakespeare's Sonnet #73 - Shakespeare's Sonnet #73, published in 1609, is written in the Shakespearean or English sonnet style. It consists of three quatrains and one couplet at the end, written in iambic pentameters. Each quatrain has its own rhyme scheme, rhyming in alternating lines. The couplet summarizes the preceding twelve lines. Sonnet 73 appears to contain multiple parallels to death and the person speaking in the poem gives the impression that he is near death and reflecting back upon life. The first quatrain, “That time of the year thou mayst behold me/ When yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang/ Upon those boughs which shake against the cold/ Bare ruin choirs where late the sweet bird sang.” He seems to...   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII - Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII Shall I compare thee to a summer's day. Thou art more lovely and more temperate, Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date, Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm'd, And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd, But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest, Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest, So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee....   [tags: Papers] 419 words
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Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 - During the Renaissance period, most poets were writing love poems about their lovers/mistresses. The poets of this time often compared love to high, unrealistic, and unattainable beauty. Shakespeare, in his sonnet 18, continues the tradition of his time by comparing the speakers' love/mistress to the summer time of the year. It is during this time of the year that the flowers and the nature that surround them are at there peak for beauty. The theme of the poem is to show the speakers true interpretation of beauty....   [tags: Poetry] 820 words
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Comparison of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116 - Comparison of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116      William Shakespeare, in his Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116, sets forth his vision of the unchanging, persistent and immovable nature of true love. According to Shakespeare, love is truly   "till death do us part," and possibly beyond.  Physical infirmity, the ravages of age, or even  one's partner's inconstancy have no effect upon the affections of one who sincerely loves.  His notion of love is not a romantic one in which an idealized vision of a lover is embraced.  Instead he recognizes the weaknesses to which we, as humans, are subject, but still asserts that love conquers all....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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