A Critical Analysis Of "the Parting" By Michael Drayton
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A Critical Analysis of "The Parting" by Michael Drayton
By looking at a poem which has a specific form, for example the sonnet, consider to what extent its particular techniques enhance its meaning.
The parting by Michael Drayton is a sonnet. It is a poem about the break up of the relationship between the author and his partner. I feel that the meaning of the poem is greatly enhanced by its form, and for a variety of reasons. Firstly, because the sonnet is a very strict form, the author has to be very careful in constructing his poem, to ensure that it fits the design constraints. One of these constraints is that the sonnet is very short, at only
14 lines. This forces the author to distill his thoughts and feelings into as compact a form as possible. This distillation process means that the waffle that would have filled up a piece of prose has to be cut, and leaves a much clearer, less cluttered version of his feelings. Often, he has to sum up in one line of the poem what he would normally have written a paragraph or more on. For example,
"Shake hands forever, cancle all our vows" sums up very concisely the idea of the break being forever, with no possibility of a reconciliation, whilst also adding to the ease of understanding and therefore also to the meaning of the poem. Another constraint of the sonnet is the length of the lines themselves.
In a sonnet, the ry...