Difference Between Shakespeare And Thomas Gray

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Brian Baglioni Professor Tague BRL: Epic to Novel-01 11-20-15 Expanding Poetic Consciousness: Shakespeare, Thomas Gray and Mary Collier From the 16th century to the 18th century, the convention and content of poetry was in flux. It was constantly subject to change as poets developed their own unique understanding of the world around them, highlighting realities of the world that were previously ignored or neglected and reflecting these ideas in their poetry. Shakespeare, Thomas Gray and Mary Collier are examples of poets who challenged the accepted traditions of poetic convention. They adapted their prose from the poets that preceded them but not without exercising their own rendition in its execution. Such poets were…show more content…
The sonnet convention “was often a celebration of the poet 's ‘wit,’ that is, of his ability to show his poetic skill in appropriating metaphors and conceits,” and would often portray a “despairing lover writing to a lovely, unattainable lady in words of reverent praise and worshipful adoration” (Ian Johnston). Shakespeare, however, went against this trend. The disparity can be seen in Sonnet 130. Shakespeare mocks the notion of poetic storytelling that the courtly poets (Petrarch, Wyatt, Surrey, Donne) were in favor of, namely the heavily idealized notion of a woman’s affection or sexual attraction. “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” (Sonnet 130). The vying and struggle for the woman’s love is not present in this Shakespearian sonnet. Instead, it is replaced by a more realistic rendition of prose: it does not utilize metaphors or allusions like that of Sidney or Petrarch, or the metaphysical conceits that Donne favored: “And in some

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