Description of Different Feelings in Sonnets

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Description of Different Feelings in Sonnets In this essay, I am going to look in detail at three sonnets showing very different feelings. I will show all the main features and try to explain what the writers were trying to show and underline in there sonnets. Each of the three sonnets I have chosen are by different writers and also from different centuries, I have decided to look at ‘God’s Grandeur’ by G.M Hopkins, ‘Death be Not Proud’ by John Donne and also ‘Shall I Compare thee to a Summer’s Day’ by William Shakespeare. The reasons the poems were wrote and also the time is they were wrote is different but the range of emotions and feelings shown throughout is amazing; the sonnets have also been written in different centuries and all three poets come from very different back rounds. Before I go on, I would like to explain the features and describe what a sonnet is. A sonnet is a poem of 14 lines with a formal rhyme scheme, expressing different aspects of a single mood, or feeling, is then resolved or summed up in the last lines of the poem. The two main forms of the sonnet are the Petrarchan and Shakespearean. Petrarchan is split into two stanzas an octave followed by a sestet with the sestet being used to reflect or sum up the octave of the sonnet. In contrast, the Shakespearian style of sonnet was to divide the 14 lines into three quatrains and a couplet but like the Petrarchan style, it has the change in emphasis, although it is a shorter couplet used for summing the sonnet up. This poem ‘Shall I Compare thee to a Summer’s Day?’ is one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet and also one of his finest, throughout the cen... ... middle of paper ... ...ch as the king of the animal kingdom the Lion. As the lion has the potential power and strength but now the Lion is sleeping and harmless just like the City is harmless when no work has started. From reading the sonnets from the three great authors; I have learned so much but in particular I have to say my favourite was ‘Shall I compare thee to a Summers day?’. As before reading this sonnet I could not relate to Shakespeare, but from the sonnet and the background to the sonnet, I seen both the love the lady had for her son and the love Shakespeare had for nature and the power of words. As Shakespeare wrote “So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee.” Now that boy is still living and not only the boys spirit lives on but also Shakespeare’s spirit goes on.
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