Shakespearen Sonnets

879 Words4 Pages
Shakespearen Sonnets

William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors of all times. His works span a wide range of formats, styles, and themes. While best known for plays, such as the tragedy "Romeo and Juliet," he was also a composer of poetry. To many people, these poems constitute the greatest of Shakespeare's accomplishments. They were often highly emotional in nature, and dealt with timeless ideas such as beauty, love, and death. Each one of the poems is unique. Yet for all their differences, many of the poems share common themes and ideas about life. This is evident when one examines three of William Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. While distinctly different, "Sonnets 116", "Sonnets 130", and "Sonnets 138" are similar in their style and format, their strong love theme, and their insights as to the true nature of love.

Each of the three sonnets is obviously different. "Sonnet 116" offers the reader a definition about love. It describes what Shakespeare believes to be its true qualities. 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. The most obvious of these is in the style of the poems. Each of the poems is written in the format of a sonnet, which is a 14-line verse written in iambic pentameter. Furthermore, each one examines different aspects of a single idea that get...

... middle of paper ...

...ture and Ourselves - Second Edition. Ed.

Gloria Henderson, Bill Day, and Sandra Waller. New York: Longman, 1997. 342.

Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 130." Literature and Ourselves - Second Edition. Ed.

Gloria Henderson, Bill Day, and Sandra Waller. New York: Longman, 1997. 343.

Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 138." Literature and Ourselves - Second Edition. Ed.

Gloria Henderson, Bill Day, and Sandra Waller. New York: Longman, 1997. 343.

Outline

Thesis: While distinctly different, "Sonnets 116", "Sonnets 130", and "Sonnets 138" are similar in their style and format, their strong love theme, and their insights as to the true nature of love.

1.Style

A: Iambic Pentameter

B: Idea gets resolved in last two lines

2. Theme

A: Love is unchangeable

B: Love overcomes flaws

3. Theme

A: Love overcomes time

4. Conclusion
Open Document