When looking at “Sonnets XXIX” and “Sonnet XXX”, both similarities and differences rise to the surface. As both Sonnets are written by William Shakespeare they share a common bond. “Sonnet XXX” also follows right after “Sonnet XXIX” which helps keep the consistency as they were written around the same times. Both of the Sonnets are written to the young man who he praises and looks up to. Shakespeare does not feel as if he can live up to the young man and all that he has which makes him feel upset about himself. The speaker talks about crying throughout the Sonnets allowing the readers to see his true feelings. Finally through repetition and the use of alliterations, it is easy to follow the Sonnets to understand what the speaker is feeling. It is all tied together with a concise rhyming couplet which shows his understanding and accepting of what is happening. Throughout the Sonnets, Shakespeare allows the readers to view the inferiority and insecurities of the speaker, prove his point by using crying and sound devices enhances the writing by using literary devices while bringing them together with a strong rhyming couplet.
William Shakespeare’s sonnets are considered to be some of the most beautiful poems in English literature. Although little is known about the poet, many seem to put their focus on Shakespeare’s inner life; wondering why he wrote the things he did. William Shakespeare is mostly known for his plays; however, he did accomplish a lot in poetry. William Shakespeare was powerful with his words, and knew how to express things in great depth. Why or who he wrote about is still a mystery. Scholars only know so much about his life, and are still trying to put the unknown pieces together.
Sonnets became a huge part of English literature when it was established by Petrarch in the fourteenth century. Sonnets were originally known as love poems from the writer to their lovers, but later developed into other kinds of poems. Seizing the day, living in the moment, and enjoying the youth are all examples of other meanings sonnets can have. During a sonnet, a story can unravel throughout the quatrains and eventually changing the thought process and emotion of the poem. Shakespeare followed a different format in his sonnets than Petrarch did. Sonnet 87 is a Shakespearean sonnet consisting of three quatrains and a couplet.
Who doesn’t love a bright summer morning? Sadly, even the greatest days are cloaked in stifling clouds. William Shakespeare, in his “Full Many a Glorious Morning Have I Seen”, connects both types of days to something much greater. Through the extended metaphor of the sun, he discusses a man's wonder and impassivity towards life.
A sonnet is a 14-line poem usually written in iambic pentameter. They often take on the rhyme scheme of the English or Italian forms. William Shakespeare's “My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun” is from 1609 and it is an English sonnet. This Shakespearean sonnet expresses that women do not have to look like flowers or the sun in order to be beautiful because real love does not need the perfect setting or people since we are humans and imperfection is nothing to be ashamed of; true love comes from the heart.
After reading “The Reformation” and two of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, I have come to realize that someone else’s reality may not be another’s. Throughout these literary works, the authors are describing their perspectives on certain subjects. The minds of the audiences for these literary pieces are opened to a whole new way of seeing a certain topic. In “The Reformation”, readers see why Protestants thought it was right to leave the Roman Catholic Church; and in the Sonnets, the audience get an image of Shakespeare’s perspective of what love should be like.
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. I plan in this journal entry to examine these two types of sonnets by exploring
In Shakespeare's sonnet #3, he is writing to tell the recipient of the sonnet that he must have children if he wants his legacy to live on after he dies. Lines 5 and 6 read "For where is she so fair whose unear'd womb/ Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry?," indicating that this man to whom Shakespeare is writing must have children or his lineage ends; there will be no more speak of him after he is gone. He goes on to say that children are just like their parents so therefore, having a child will allow a parent to have his time living mean something. This point is demonstrated in the closing line. Shakespeare says "Die single and thine image dies with thee." From what seems like a common theme in many of his sonnets, Shakespeare urges his
This sonnet is fairly easy to read and understand, but there are a few subtle ways Shakespeare makes it more interesting. First, the "which" in line 4 seems to mean "that", but a pun arises when read aloud allowing "witch" to be replaced. This is definitley an option when referring to "Those hours," significant of time, as seeing time as a witch. Shakespeare does not hold time in such high regard, and therefore we get a slightly altered reading of line 4: 'and that unfair witch hastens your increasing age by fair means'. In this reading, time is both fair and unfair, much recieved as a child getting his deserved punishment. 5-6: '"Never-resting time" always forces summer into winter, where summer is unhappily detained'; 7-8: 'Where,the sap is encroached with frost, and the leaves of the tree have vanished, beauty being overly-covered and barren everywhere:'. 9-12: 'At that time summer was remembered through perfumes, (but) beauty's effect [the scent] was subsided through the perfumes [the scent is there, but the aesthetics are gone], and there was no remembrance what it really was'.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds (Sonnet 116) by William Shakespeare is about love in its most ideal form. It is praising the glories of lovers who have come to each other freely, and enter into a relationship based on trust and understanding. "Let me not" the poem begins in the imperative mood. Its action is semantic and aims to delineate the allowable parameters of love and its goal appears to be air-tightness. The love I have in mind could be like a seamark or navigational guide to sailors, it is a north star. Like that star, it exceeds all narrow comprehension. Its height alone is sufficient to guide us. The poem's ideal is unwavering faith, and it purports to perform its own ideal. Odd then, isn't it, how much of the argument proceeds by means of negation: "let me not," "love is not," "O no," and so forth. Perhaps the poet is less confident than he appears to be. The first four lines reveal the poet's pleasure in love that is constant and strong.
I have just returned from seeing your marvelous new tragedy Romeo and Juliet, and I wish to offer my sincere congratulations on another stupendous success! One particular passage from the play has stuck in my mind. In the first act, scene five, Romeo and Juliet exchange a dialogue about a kiss which is in the form of a sonnet. This reminded me of one of my own sonnets: Sonnet #81 of Astrophil and Stella. Your views on the subject of kissing are very interesting, and in many ways parallel my own. For instance, you compare kissing to a holy and prayer-like act, where as I compare it to a union of souls. There was one aspect of your sonnet that reminded me very much of my own. Your Juliet is very clever and quick-witted in speaking to the lovesick Romeo in the same way that my Stella is in her response to Astrophil.
William Shakespeare was an excellent writer, who throughout his life created well written pieces of literatures which are valued and learned about in modern times. One of his many works are 154 Sonnets, within these Sonnets there are several people Shakespeare “writes to”, such as fair youth, dark lady and rival poet. Sonnet 20 is written to fair youth, or in other words a young man. The idea of homosexuality appears in Sonnet 20 after the speaker admits his love towards the young man.
1-2: 'As fast as time takes hold of you, you do grow (in attributes) as you leave one of yourself [an heir] behind'; or, more generally, 'if you're persuing two things, drop one and you'll increase in that aspect that much more'. 3-4: 'And the children to whom you (would) have given life, you can call your own (self) when you stray from youth'. 5-6: 'Within children (procreation) resides wisdom, beauty and increase (of a good life), however, without children, you are prone to folly, aging and the rest of your life without warming love (of children)'. 7-8: 'If everyone acted as you do in not bearing children, generations would be no more, and the [or your] world would die within (your) sixty years'. 9-10: 'Let those people who Nature decides shall not have heirs perish, because they are "harsh, featureless, and rude"'. 13-14: 'She has you as a stamp (for sealing wax, not the wax itself), and meant for you to reproduce more of yourself through children, and not to let yourself die without not doing so (because life is everlasting through
A good example of the octave/sestet division is seen in this sonnet. This poem, although slightly past the rival poet sequence, can be read, I feel, as addressed to the rival poet. In the octave, words such as "merit" and "virtuous", coupled with line 6 suggest an addressee of the same profession. But it very well may be said it is simply of friendship, reading line 4 as 'and prove that you are right, although you are renouncing our friendship'. In the second quatrain, Shakespeare supposes he can write a story on the friend's impairment of their relationship. 10-12: 'If by concentrating all my loving thoughts towards you, the injuries, as a result of my thought, that I will inflict upon myself, do prove to be advantageous to you, but twice that to me'. It is difficult to say whether "double" is hyperbolical or if it has some abstruse mathematical conceit (as seen in sonnet 6, lines 5-10). It does reflect upon "gainer" in line 9, which supports the reading of any gain to the friend as a gain to the poet (Shakespeare). 13-14: 'This is the way my love is, and I belong to you in the same respect that I will bear all wrongdoing in order to place you in the