In the second poem, "Sonnet 130", Shakespeare describes the many imperfections in his mistress. He ends the poem by revealing that he loves her regardless of the flaws. In the final poem, "Sonnet 138", Shakespeare brings to light the faults of two lovers. At the end of the sonnet, Shakespeare describes how their faults are overcome by lies, which are sustained by love. Although the poems appear to be quite different on the surface, underneath they share many common elements.
Origins and Explanations of The Sonnet The sonnet originates in Italy in the 12th and 13th century. The term comes from the Italian for "little song" and the best known Italian sonneteers were Dante and Francesco Petrarca. Petrarch proved most influential on the sonnet's successive history, leaving his predominant theme of secular love as well as the form itself to subsequent poets. In 14th century Italy the sonnet was clearly established in as a major form of love poetry. The sonnet is a lyric poem comprised of 14 rhyming lines of equal length utilising a variety of different rhyme schemes, but usually in five-foot iambic pentameters in English.
It is clear that Marvell does not have enough time to love the lady properly, and the language and structure of the poem creates an overall humorous and fun attitude towards love. ‘Sonnet,’ however, uses a structure and vocabulary that explores the unconditional great depth of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning’s true love. It is apparent in the sonnet that she has all the time in the world for her husband. As a result, ‘Sonnet’ has a more serious, religious and romantic attitude towards love compared to fun ‘To His Coy Mistress.’
While using “you” the speaker portrays and addresses his lover with unusual comparisons and with ordinarily undesirable. He describes himself more attractively and the fact that despite his superior characteristics, he still needs and loves her. Many of his comments are backhanded with double meanings. “Litany” much like Shakespeare’s, “My Mistress’s Eyes Are Nothing Like Sun,” mocks the perfection and romantic idealism of love. Through metaphors, an effective use of syntax, structure, and contrast, Collins effectively conveys humorous satire towards traditional love poems while describing a view of a perfect match.
The revival of the sonnet by Charlotte Smith allowed other Romantic writers, such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, the means by which to use the sonnet style in their own work. The sonnet is Italian in origin. This poem always has fourteen lines and a fixed rhyme scheme. The italian sonnet was called a petrarchan, in which the first eight lines set up a question or analogy and the last six lines had a solution or point to be made. The English sonnet, made famous by Shakespeare, varies from the italian sonnet in that though it also has fourteen lines, it uses the first twelve lines to set up a situation and then ends with a rhyming couplet to make a direct point.
It ends in a rhyming couplet as well so their rhyme schemes also differ greatly. As the Italian language is richer in rhyming words than English is, the English sonnet form reduces the amount of rhyming words needed. One of the first English sonneteers was Sir Thomas Wyatt. Sir Thomas Wyatt was born in 1503 at Allington Castle in Kent. He attended St Johns College in Cambridge and later undertook diplomatic duties for King Henry VIII which resulted in him travelling across Europe.
Then came Singspiel, or to be put simply, a play with music, which appears right around the time of the Florentine Camerata in Italy (Warrack, 2). Singspiel, is probably the closest relative to opera in this time period. It was often comedic and sometimes included spoken dialogue. Its characters centered more on middle class, average joe type characters than nobility or mythology as per the Italian standard which was considered more serious (Lee, German Opera: Composers, Singers & Music). This distinct style sustains itself all the way through to Mozart in 1791 with his composition Die Zauberflöte or more commonly known as The Magic Flute (loc.gov, A Night at the
These comparisons give one a vivid description of his mistress' lacking beauty, and sets one up for the couplet at the end of... ... middle of paper ... ...manner, making them focus primarily on the lacking, yet lustful, physical attributes of his mistress. When he writes "And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare as any she, belied with false compare." (lines 13-14) in the final couplet, one responds with an enlightened appreciation, making them understand Shakespeare's message that true love consists of something deeper than physical beauty. Shakespeare expresses his ideas in a wonderful fashion. Not only does he express himself through direct interpretation of his sonnet, but also through the levels at which he styled and produced it.
Work our way through the sonnet he begins to half-heartedly glamourizes her beauty and we come to know, to him her flaws are what makes her beautiful and his love for his mistress beings to reveal its self. From the way the speaker speaks in the final rhyming couplet we see the speaker acknowledging her true beauty as all her flaws are not enough to put him off, as he lists all her imperfections but does not complain, rather he seems to admire them as his “love as rare” (Shakespeare 13) as any “belied” (Shakespeare 13) false
In Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 20 and William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130, both are talking about love. Love in a romantic relationship, yet they seem very different from each other. Sir Philip Sidney’s is the traditional Petrarchan sonnet and Shakespeare’s have his own style of sonnet. Take a side on the type of sonnets, the two sonnets shares some more differences. The love object in Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 20 and Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare are very unlike, the former one fits all the conventional beauty and the latter one is opposite; the treatment of love is different as well, Sir Philip Sidney illustrate it in a violence way and Shakespeare describe it in a more comforting way.