Sonnet Analysis

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What’s the first thought that pops in to your mind when you think of love, is it flowers, chocolates and teddy bears or maybe a romantic sonnet? The cliché of these superficial representations have been around for years and continue to plague our society today. But are the traditional roses on Valentine’s Day and anniversaries really a good signification of true love or would you prefer a unique and realistic approach? Good morning/ good afternoon Mr. Day and classmates, today I will be comparing two sonnets. These sonnets deal with the issue of ideal and unconventional love , however they do so in exceedingly different ways. Sonnet 90 by Francesco Petrarca is a representation of a traditional love sonnet and Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare is a unique and realistic portrayal of true love. The Renaissance rose from the Middle Ages in the Sixteenth Century. A golden age of music, philosophy, architecture, art and most importantly literature. Many topics were written about and reflected on. Among these topics, the most popular were romance and chivalry. Francesco Petrarca testifies to the popular use of courtship and love in his sonnets. Sonnet 90 is a perfect example of this. Petrarca author of Sonnet 90 was an Italian scholar, poet, and humanist. He wrote a series of love poems, popularizing a technique called blazon this was a feature by feature description of a woman using extravagant hyperbole. This technique is used throughout Sonnet 90 (read sonnet.) Petrarca exaggerates his mistress’s body features by comparing them to the sun, coral, snow and roses, depicting his lover as beautiful and angelic. He uses many... ... middle of paper ... ...e are inundated by all these false representations of love its become a mockery, in the Sonnet 130 Shakespeare successfully challenges these traditions. He does so in a blunt but memorable way and the reader is left to wander what their own true definition of love is. Instead of celebrating the superficial on Valentine’s Day Shakespeare gives the reader a real reason for celebration, true love. Works Cited author unknown, (2010), “The literature network”, William Shakespeare, LLC, www.online-literature.com/shakespeare/published by The literature network, United States of America, accessed on February 28, 2010. author unknown, (2004), “The Sonnets, Triumphs, and other Poems of Petrarch, Petrarch, http://www.humanistictexts.org/petrarch.htm by The literature network, United States of America, accessed on February 28, 2010.

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