rhymes, and language. Poets use rhyme scheme, structured pattern in the sonnet that rhyme the words at the end of a line. Imagery is used to make the reader think and feel about what the author wants to convey about topics such as love. In the poems “What My Lips Have Kissed, And Where And Why”, by Edna Vincent Millay, and “Sonnet 130”, by William Shakespeare;; the authors use rhyme scheme and imagery. Shakespeare uses the change in rhyme scheme as an ironic surprise in the last couplet, while Millay uses the rhyme scheme to reminisce about lost love, both poems are infused with imagery to paint a vivid picture for the reader.
Shakespeare and Millay use rhyme scheme to highlight the theme of love in their poems. Sonnet 130 is about Shakespeare’s love for his mistress, who is not the most beautiful person in the world, but he still loves her. In Shakespeare’s sonnet he uses the change in rhyme scheme when he proclaims, “My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground/ And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare” (12-13 Shakespeare). He does not shower his Mistress with praises of good looks, however in the concluding two lines, he surprises the reader by shifting the rhyme scheme to express his of love. He loves her not because of her looks, but he thinks she is just as extraordinary as any person. Millay’s sonnet is about her life and how she has lost opportunities to form a relationship and is now alone and lonely. Millay makes use of the rhyme scheme to
￼tune into the theme of her lost love saying, “I have forgotten, and what arms have lain under my head/...and in my heart there stirs a quiet pain for unremembered lads/...Thus in ...
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...ws what birds have vanished one by one/ Yet know it boughs more silent than before” (9-11 Millay). Here Millay feels like a lonely tree and where her lovers have vanished and her life has grown silent. Even though Shakespeare and Millay
Both these sonnets artfully use rhythm scheme and imagery to evoke and communicate the emotion of love. Shakespeare leaves the reader with his rare love for his mistress. Millay on the other hand, takes the reader through an earlier life of many wonderful lovers and leaves us with her present state of loneliness and remorse of the lovers that have come and gone, but not stayed. Love is a strong emotion that the majority of humans experience and desire, poets often use the topic of love in their poems as it is a feeling that can be easily evoked with the use of imagery and rhyme scheme as show in Shakespeare’s and Millay’s sonnets.
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