On an unknown April night, in 1564, at an unpretentious home in Henley St. in the serene town of Stratford, England Isle of Wight, Mary Arden and John Shakespeare gave light to a poet, who would later be referred to as a Literary Genius. Who is William Shakespeare? The known facts of Shakespeare's life are few, but nearly four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare's art continues to inspire his readers. Much of Shakespeare’s praise is due to the wonderful words of his short sonnet poems, and how Shakespeare is able to apply virtually indescribable feelings into divine words. A sonnet is a fourteen-line poem, which Shakespeare traditionally wrote in iambic pentameter. Throughout his life Shakespeare wrote a total of 154 sonnets. All of his sonnets project some stage or aspect of love. Still, Shakespeare’s love life is a very contradicting topic that has been the subject of recurring debate. Even if the world lacks information regarding Shakespeare, his sonnets are evidence of his sexuality. What readers fail to realize while they assimilate his sonnets to their real life relationships is that Shakespeare was continuously defying the conventions of courtly love in his writings. This is why it can be deduced that the main theme of Shakespeare’s sonnets is love and how it reflects his sexuality.
Sonnet 130 is Shakespeare’s harsh yet realistic tribute to his quite ordinary mistress. Conventional love poetry of his time would employ Petrarchan imagery and entertain notions of courtly love. Francis Petrarch, often noted for his perfection of the sonnet form, developed a number of techniques for describing love’s pleasures and torments as well as the beauty of the beloved. While Shakespeare adheres to this form, he undermines it as well. Through the use of deliberately subversive wordplay and exaggerated similes, ambiguous concepts, and adherence to the sonnet form, Shakespeare creates a parody of the traditional love sonnet. Although, in the end, Shakespeare embraces the overall Petrarchan theme of total and consuming love.
Steele, Felicia Jean. "Shakespeare's SONNET 130." Explicator 62.3 (2004): 132-137. Academic Search Complete. Web. 22 Nov. 2013.
Schalkwyk, David. “Love and Service in Twelfth Night and the Sonnets.” Shakespeare Quarterly 56.1 (2005): 76-100. Print.
Schalkwyk, David. “In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:.” Love and Service in Twelfth Night and the Sonnets 56.1 (2005): 76-100. muse.jhu.edu. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. .
In fact, the contrasting strategies of Sonnet 29 and extreme claims made in Sonnet 116 combine in a intellectual manner throughout Sonnet 130. The speaker of this sonnet incorporates numerous ironic contrasts with his love’s beauty and a few unattainable measures (SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS). Unlike in previous sonnet the author does not directly state the true beauty of his love, however he expresses what she is
When examining the presence of time and certainty in Shakespeare’s Sonnets, the best place to begin is with Sonnet 18. This is by far one of Shakespeare’s most famous Sonnets, and probably his most misunderstood by the common reader. Though this Sonnet seems to be a simple love poem on the...
Truth and honesty are key elements to a good, healthy relationship. However, in Shakespeare's Sonnet 138, the key to a healthy relationship between the speaker and the Dark Lady is keeping up the lies they have constructed for one another. Through wordplay Shakespeare creates different levels of meaning, in doing this, he shows the nature of truth and flattery in relationships.