This play is a romantic comedy so it would apparent that the idea of romantic love would be the main focus. Even though the ending of the play is a happy ending, Shakespeare showed that even though love can be a blissful thing, it can also be a painful one. The characters in the play do certain actions that cause pain not only to themselves, but also other characters. Love is almost seen as a curse. In David Schalkwyk’s article, he states that, “[C]oncept: that is to say, it has no single, core meaning in all of its separate uses” (David Schalkwyk 76).
Shakespeare most popular poem is his Sonnet 18; however, his Sonnet 130 is more unique in form, displays a more sincere expression of love, and exposes the damaging effects of the main comparison made in Sonnet 18. Works Cited Hale, James. "Sonnet 130." Magill on Literature Plus JSCC Library. Masterplots II: Poetry, Revised Edition, Jan. 2002.
Over the years, love has been portrayed in numerous ways. Some see love as treacherous or deceitful, but Shakespeare saw just the opposite. His work Twelfth Night shows what he believes to be an authenticity test to his view of love. The audience can come to know the similar theme of love in reading “Sonnet 116”, “Sonnet 18”, and Romeo and Juliet. In comparing Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night, Shakespeare uses various literary devices to explain an unachievable love and everlasting physical beauty.
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William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" has been a remarkably famous love poem from the time it was written. This sonnet is pure exaggeration of Shakespeare's feelings towards his beloved and his beauty and is expressed through various language techniques and strong language. It has a powerful theme of love and immortalization of the subject in this sonnet. The sonnet begins with rhetorical question where the poet uses a metaphor to ask "shall I compare thee to a summers day?" the rhetorical question directs the attention of the reader.
By acknowledging that only the stylized aspects of his subject’s beauty that can be captured in verse will survive, not the earthly beauty suggested by the summer’s day, the speaker suggests that he values his own poetic powers more than the actual beauty of his subject. Sonnet Eighteen is written in iambic pentameter form using the succession of alternating stressed syllables in which the first is unstressed and the second is stressed. These stresses are used to embody meaning. Therefore, when Shakespeare breaks from iambic meter, he adds variety and emphasis. This change in the regularity of the rhythm adds force to descriptions and draws attention.