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Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 20

- Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 20 Sonnet 20 appears to be about an affectionate love that the speaker develops for an unnamed man. He describes the man as having a woman's face that Nature painted with its own hand. The speaker calls this admired person his "master mistress." He goes on to say that this man has the gentle heart of a woman but is not inconsistent as is the way with women. He has eyes that are brighter than the eyes of any women. His eyes are so true and sincere that they light up every object that they look upon....   [tags: Papers Shakespeare Sonnets Essays]

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Sonnet 138, by William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare, born in 1564 and died in 1616, wrote one hundred and fifty four sonnets in his lifetime. It is said that Shakespeare’s sonnets from 127 to 152 discuss the Dark Lady. Shakespeare appeared to have mixed feelings toward this Dark Lady who was not a portrayal of his actual wife. (Absolute Shakespeare, 2005) This paper will discuss Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138, “When my love swears that she is made of truth”. This Petrarchan sonnet has the rhyme scheme of ABAB, CDCD in the octave and EFEF, GG in the sestet....   [tags: Love, Relationship Imperfection, Flaws]

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Change in Billy Collins´ Sonnet

- Billy Collins, the writer of Sonnet uses a comical effect to make fun of old sonnets, how they were written and the older poets, through the use of literary terms.The fact that Billy Collins speaks with a mockery tone of Petrarch, causes readers to understand how he feels about the old sonnet writers and their work. Collins' tone expresses a negative look on old sonnets but also looks on the bright side of them. He is addressing the issue of how older sonnets were written by old poets in order to explain to readers why he wants to change the face of sonnets today....   [tags: tone, negative, older, mockery]

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An Explination of Shakespeare's Sonnet 130

- “If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun” is a quote from Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 that compare’s Shakespeare’s mistress skin color to something that is unattractive for the time period of the sixteenth century. Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 ,“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun,” mocks the traditional Petrarchan sonnet. It is questionable whether it mocks a certain Petrarchan sonnet or rather the whole idealized love object aspect of the Petrarchan tradition. Instead of being love sick and idolizing his lady, Shakespeare demeans his lady by comparing her to unattractive subjects by using similes and metaphors....   [tags: mocking, love, unattractive]

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Sonnet 138, by William Shakespeare

- (Interesting hook) William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138 depicts the relationship of a couple, who many believe to be Shakespeare and his mistress, a woman referred to as, The Black Lady. Throughout the sonnet the vast use of imagery causes the reader to imagine the sonnet as if it were a play where the characters are covered by a mask of lies. (Put a clever transition in here) Although Sonnet 138 depicts the speakers’ willingness to settle for false love and put on a mask, Sonnet 138 depicts a relationship that its very survival is based on this deceit....   [tags: Deceit, Hidden Appearances, Characters]

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Rationalizing Rejection in Sonnet 42

- Sonnet 42: Rationalizing Rejection Shakespeare’s Sonnet 42 is about a man, the speaker, who is contemplating the loss of his lover to his friend. The speaker is exploring the motive for his lover’s choice of betrayal; more notably he is attempting to explain why this betrayal has occurred with a series of different rationalizations. The speaker appears to believe that he will not be as pained by his loss if he were to rationalize why his lover betrayed him. Shakespeare notoriously wrote three separate types of sonnets....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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Sonnet XVII, by Pablo Neruda

- Rhetorical Analysis of “Sonnet XVII” An analysis of Pablo Neruda’s “Sonnet XVII,” from the book 100 Love Sonnets: Cien sonetos de amor, reveals the emotions of the experience of eternal, unconditional love. Neruda portrays this in his words by using imagery and metaphors to describe love in relation to beauty and darkness. The poem also depicts the intimacy between two people. I believe the intent of the poem is to show that true love for another abolishes all logic, leaving one completely exposed, captivated, and ultimately isolated....   [tags: Poem Analysis, Rhetoric]

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America: A Nation in a Sonnet

- Adopting formalities from the 16th century and intertwining them with formalities recognized today, Claude McKay‟s poem entitled America explicates passionate feelings, both positive and negative, toward the United States of America during the New Negro Movement in the 1920‟s and 1930‟s. America was originally published in 1921: a very exciting time for many Americans as the roaring twenties were coming into full swing and society was celebrating the decade of carefree decadence. However, there was a dark underbelly to America as well at the time....   [tags: Poetry]

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Analysis of Shakespeare Sonnet 12

- The passage of time is a popular theme amongst Shakespeare’s sonnets more specifically in Sonnet 12. In Sonnet 12 Shakespeare speaks about seasons changing and objects dying all as time passes without pause. Event after event happens in a cycle with birth being the start and death being the end and everyone is a part of it. It is also important to note that this being Sonnet 12 is significant in that there are twelve hours in a day, twelve hours in a night, and twelve months in a year which plays into the theme of time....   [tags: seasons, dying, twelve, imagery]

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Comparing "Sonnet 55" to "Ozymandais"

- The poem “Ozymandais”, written by Percy Shelley, shares some similarities with Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 55” touching on the subject of art and eternity. Even though they are similar in ideas they are very different in terms of their points of view on the subject of the power art can have. For instance the positive and negative contrast emitted by the poems. In my opinion, Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 55” is more appealing and idealistic to humankind than Shelly’s “Ozymandais” because Shakespeare demonstrates art’s power to preserve genius, pose as an alternative to eternity and deliver an uplifting message....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Critique on “Sonnet 138”

- Critique on “Sonnet 138” In the sonnet “Sonnet 138” or “When My love Swears that She is Made of Truth” by William Shakespeare, he uses many types of rhyme. Written in iambic pentameter, with a rhyme scheme of ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG, Shakespeare includes examples of rhyme, alliteration, and personification. In “Sonnet 138,” an elderly gentleman is in a relationship with a young woman. The woman thinks the man is young although she knows he is not. Connotation changes the plot of the sonnet....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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The Sonnet Genre Combining with Figurative Language

- The Sonnet Genre Combining with Figurative Language Compare how the conventions of the sonnet genre combine with figurative language to create meaning in at least two texts. Originating in Italy, the sonnet was established by Petrarch in the 14th century as a major form of love poetry, and came to be adopted in England in the 16th century (Oxford Literary terms). Overtime there have been different types of sonnets written, for example the Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet, the English (Shakespearean) sonnet and the Spenserian sonnet....   [tags: Sonnets Literature Shakespeare Essays]

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Sonnet Analysis

- 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....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Sonnet Analyzation

- English poetry has always welcomed the sonnet form ever since the sixteenth century. It was greatly popular however in the Elizabethan period as this was when thousands of sonnets were written and many of them were used to express love or passion. Since then, most poets writing in English have found the sonnet form very appealing and have attempted their own sonnet writing. The very first sonnets were written in the early thirteenth century in Italy, by a Sicilian lawyer named Giacomo de Lentino....   [tags: English Poetry]

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Critique of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138

- Critique of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 In “Sonnet 138” also known as “When My Love Swears that she is Made of Truth” is a sonnet written by William Shakespeare, has many examples of literary elements such as personification and various types of rhyme. In “Sonnet 138” the author writes the sonnet in iambic pentameter and writes in an ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG rhyme scheme. The narrator also includes examples of connotation and denotation to help change the meaning of the poem. Throughout the sonnet the author obviously is an older man than the younger woman that he is dating....   [tags: Shakespeare, Poetry Analysis]

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Necessity of Love in Browning´s Sonnets from the Portuguese

- Love is the ubiquitous force that drives all people in life. If people did not want, give, or receive love, they would never experience life because it is the force that completes a person. Although it often seems absent, people constantly strive for this ever-present force as a means of acceptance. Elizabeth Barrett Browning is an influential poet who describes the necessity of love in her book of poems Sonnets from the Portuguese. In her poems, she writes about love based on her relationship with her husband – a relationship shared by a pure, passionate love....   [tags: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnet 43, Sonnet 29]

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Sonnet 138

- 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. Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 is one of his sonnets about the Dark Lady. Dark both in appearance, and in her actions, she is once again the subject of the sonnet....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare]

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Sonnet 30

- “But the while I think on thee (dear friend) all losses are restored, and sorrows end” (lines 15-16). This is an excerpt from the master himself, William Shakespeare, in “Sonnet 30” also known as “When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought”. As with all of his works, this sonnet requires a lot of interpretation due to the Old English to be able to understand anything in it. “Sonnet 30” is written in iambic pentameter with a rhyme scheme of “abab/cdcd/efef/gg”. The sonnet is a lyrical poem because it is uses first person, which signifies that there is a signal speaker....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare]

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Analyzing Sonnet 18

- “Shall I compare thee to …” You can finish that sentence in your head can’t you. Whether you are a strong poetry enthusiast or not, you still probably know this famous poem. Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare is one of the most well-known poems of all time. Time and time again this piece of art has influenced contemporary pieces. Some examples of this would be; the song “Sonnet 18” by Pink Floyd, a novel titled The Darling Buds of May by H E Bates, and a famous essay “Rough Winds Do Shake” written by Maeve Landman....   [tags: literary analysis, shakespeare]

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Shakespeare's Sonnet 30 and Tennyson's In Memoriam

- ... (Victorian Contexts, class notes: page 102) This era influenced Tennyson along with his poor mental state, it also mediates on the Victorians’ deepest concerns about religious doubt, such as death, creation and evolution. In Memoriam touches on many intellectual issues and the poet searches for the meaning of life and death while trying to come to terms with his sense of loss. (Victorian Context, class notes: page 110) In Memoriam reflects the struggle to reconcile traditional religious beliefs and faith which was a popular Victorian aspect of literature at the time....   [tags: comparative essay]

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Idea: Sonnet 61

- Love Prevails "Idea: Sonnet 61" by Michael Drayton is a fourteen line Petrarchan sonnet that dramatizes the conflicting emotions that arise from an intimate relationship coming to an abrupt end. After analyzing and doing several closer readings, I learned that "Idea: Sonnet 61" is actually about the poet’s own conflicting emotions and feelings from a harsh break up. However, it was no ordinary and flippant relationship. It was a serious relationship that involved great amounts of passion that came to a sudden abrupt end....   [tags: Michael Drayton]

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Death in the Twelfth Sonnet by William Shakespeare

- In a modern age with modern medicine, the young don’t often think of death. That prospect is years away and nothing to worry about for most. As a result, the young seldom think, and rarely, if ever, write about death. It becomes quickly apparent then, that William Shakespeare lived in a different era. Many of his earliest sonnets address and contemplate death, but why. Shakespeare lived in Elizabethan England at a time where the bubonic plague was still leaving its mark. A time where it was not common for people to live past what we consider middle age (Alchin)....   [tags: death, life, youth]

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Dicussion of the Purpose of Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18"

- Shakespeare's collection of sonnets is heralded as one of the greatest, most ambitious sonnet collections in English literature. Of these154 sonnets, the first 126 of them are addressed to a 'fair youth', a beatiful young man, with whom Shakespeare has developed an intimate friendship. The overarching theme of devotion in antimony to mortality denotes that “Sonnet 18” is predominantly a love poem. Accordingly the purpose of the poem seems initially to be to compare his beloved friend's handsomness with a common symbol of beauty, a fine summer's day....   [tags: poetry analysis]

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Holy Sonnet 10

- William Penn, an English philosopher and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, once said that, “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” He is saying that death is not the end of our lives, but just another stage. In the poem “Holy Sonnet 10” by John Donne, the poet talks to death itself and gives his opinion on his view of death and others’ views: it is something that cannot control anything, can be replaced by others things, and is not the end of a person’s life....   [tags: John Donne]

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William Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella

- In truly Renaissance English artistic fashion, poets such as Phillip Sidney and William Shakespeare negotiate poetic boundaries, while implementing Italian conventions. They manipulate the sonnet form and climb Castiglione’s “ladder of love” throughout their poems. Sidney’s Astrophil (Astrophil and Stella) behaves wildly, as Castiglione’s Bembo (The Courtier) expects from a young courtier; he is incapable of being able to see beyond physical form. Shakespeare’s speaker in “Sonnet 130” sees beyond form, almost to a fault....   [tags: Astrophil And Stella, Sonnet 108]

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The Shakespearean Sonnet

- Shakespeare's language and dialogue signifies a range of human emotions and conditions that are timeless and explain his broad appeal even today. He is highly regarded for his love sonnets which convey an unchanging attitude and consummate romantic imagery that will always exist in the world as long as there are people. He has created words, phrases, and clichés that have become so intrinsic in English language, that many people do not even know they are actually quoting him. Shakespeare's Sonnet "Let me not to the marriage of true minds" is a perfect example of this and one of the most beautiful love poems of all time....   [tags: Poetry]

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Sonnets: The Power of Love

- Sonnets:  The Power of Love           The majority of Elizabethan sonnets reflect two major themes: time and love. William Shakespeare, too, followed this convention, producing 154 sonnets, many of which deal with the usual theme of love. Because the concept of love is in itself so immense, Shakespeare found several ways to capture the essence of his passion. Therefore, in his poetry he explored various methods and used them to describe the emotions associated with his love for a mysterious "dark lady." These various ideas and views resulted in a series of sonnets that vibrantly depicts his feelings of true, undying love for his lady....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Comparing William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130

- Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130, by William Shakespeare, are two of the most well known Shakespeare sonnets. Both are similar in theme, however, the two poems are very much contradictory in style, purpose, and the muse to who Shakespeare is writing. Both Sonnets have different styles. Sonnet 18 is a much more traditional poem, showing the reader a picture of his muse in the most divine way. Shakespeare uses a complex metaphor of comparing his subject to the summer, but at the same time making it easy to understand....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison]

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Comparison of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116

- Comparison of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116      William Shakespeare, in his Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116, sets forth his vision of the unchanging, persistent and immovable nature of true love. According to Shakespeare, love is truly   "till death do us part," and possibly beyond.  Physical infirmity, the ravages of age, or even  one's partner's inconstancy have no effect upon the affections of one who sincerely loves.  His notion of love is not a romantic one in which an idealized vision of a lover is embraced.  Instead he recognizes the weaknesses to which we, as humans, are subject, but still asserts that love conquers all....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing the Beloved in Shakespeare's Sonnet 20 and Sonnet 130

- Comparing the Beloved in Shakespeare's Sonnet 20 and Sonnet 130    In the hands of a master such as Shakespeare, the conventions of the sonnet form are manipulated and transformed into something unique and originally emphasized. Both sonnets in one way or another subvert the conventions of the base Petrarchan sonnet; though they are about love, the traditional topic of sonnets, whilst in Sonnet 20 the object of desire is unattainable and there is no evidence of the level of affection being requited, the target is male, and the target of the poet's affections in Sonnet 130 is the poetic voice's current mistress....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Compare Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare and the Glasgow Sonnet by

- Compare Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare and the Glasgow Sonnet by Edwin Morgan. Poetry has many forms and styles of which it can be written and emphasised in. A sonnet is one of these forms. They mainly consist of fourteen lines, but can be set out in two different ways. One of two styles of sonnet is Elizabethan. William Shakespeare is an example of a poet and writer of this time period, and possible one of the most recognised for his work. William Shakespeare wrote an astounding 144 sonnets within his life time....   [tags: English Literature]

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Essay on the Rival Poet from Shakespeare's Sonnets

- Identifying of the Rival Poet from Shakespeare's Sonnets One of the intriguing aspects of Shakespeare's Sonnets is the identity of the principal characters within them, the Young Man, the Dark Lady, and the Rival Poet. Nowhere are these people explicitly identified and their anonymity has spawned much debate as to who these people could have been. The content of the Sonnets that refer to these people however, undoubtedly show that these were indeed real people. The Rival Poet was the cause of obvious anxiety to Shakespeare....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Depression in Hopkins' Sonnets of Desolation

- Depression in Hopkins' Sonnets of Desolation        Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) was, first and foremost, a man of the cloth. He seems to have set his gifts in musical composition, drawing, and poetry at a distant second to his ecclesiastical duties for most of his life, causing him to experience terrible bouts of depression. Hopkins poured out this depression in what are known as the Sonnets of Desolation, including "I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day," "Not, I'll carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee," and "No Worst, there is none....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Sonnets 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, and 17

- Sonnets 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16, and 17 The first 17 sonnets are addressed to a young man of exceptional beauty who is encouraged to father children. What is striking about this series is that there are exactly 17 sonnets that are all centred on encouraging the young man to marry and father children. Seventeen is an unusual and distinctive number that seems to indicate its own significance. The content of the sonnets shows no evidence of input to them from outside of the author during their development: no questions are answered, there is no change of direction in response to any feedback from the subject, they appear to be a preset series issued together....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Essay on Gender in William Shakespeare's Sonnets

- Gender in Shakespeare’s Sonnets      Much has been made (by those who have chosen to notice) of the fact that in Shakespeare's sonnets, the beloved is a young man. It is remarkable, from a historical point of view, and raises intriguing, though unanswerable, questions about the nature of Shakespeare's relationship to the young man who inspired these sonnets. Given 16th-Century England's censorious attitudes towards homosexuality, it might seem surprising that Will's beloved is male. However, in terms of the conventions of the poetry of idealized, courtly love, it makes surprisingly little difference whether Will's beloved is male or female; to put the matter more strongly, in some ways it...   [tags: Shakespeare Sonnet]

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Love, Sonnets and Songs

- Love, Sonnets and Songs.  Mary Wroth's prose romance, The Countess of Mountgomeries Urania, closely compares with her uncle, Sir Philip Sidney, 1593 edition The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia.  Wroth was undoubtedly following her uncle's lead by trying to emulate Astrophil and Stella.  Astrophil and Stella and Pamphilia to Amphilantus are both about being in love and they both have over one hundred sonnets and songs. After rereading both pieces, I was struck not by their similarities but by their differences.  For example, Stella is assertive and Pamphilia is passive.  Stella is truly bound by her love for Astrophil while Pamphilia cannot break herself free from the love she feels forAmphila...   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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How the Sonnet Form is Associated with Love and Ardent Expression

- How the Sonnet Form is Associated with Love and Ardent Expression God’s Grandeur is a sonnet associated with the environment and obviously, God. It is an Italian petrarchan sonnet, where there is a noticeable split in the poem which makes up the octave and the sestet. The first four lines of the octave, describes a natural world through which God’s presence runs through like an electric current, becoming at times noticeable is flashes. A metaphor is used to emphasise God’s Grandeur as an electric force....   [tags: Sonnets Love God Essays]

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Origins and Explanations of The Sonnet

- Origins and Explanations of The Sonnet The sonnet originates in Italy in the 12th and 13th century. The term comes from the Italian for "little song" and the best known Italian sonneteers were Dante and Francesco Petrarca. Petrarch proved most influential on the sonnet's successive history, leaving his predominant theme of secular love as well as the form itself to subsequent poets. In 14th century Italy the sonnet was clearly established in as a major form of love poetry. The sonnet is a lyric poem comprised of 14 rhyming lines of equal length utilising a variety of different rhyme schemes, but usually in five-foot iambic pentameters in English....   [tags: Papers]

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A Comparison of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 and Duffy's Valentine

- A Comparison of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 and Duffy's Valentine Shakespear's attitude towards his lover is she is superior to the summer and very beautiful " Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" This show Shakespeare is thinking about comparing her to the summer but then he gives examples of how she is better than the summer. He says she is lovelier than the summer " Thou art more lovely and more temperate." He then goes on to say "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May" this means that she is more like a darling bud of May than a rough wind that come in the summer....   [tags: Poems Shakespeare Sonnets Duffy Valentine ]

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Considering the Sonnet as Verse Form

- Considering the Sonnet as Verse Form The sonnet originated in Italy and was first written by a man called Giacomo da Lentino. This form soon started to become popular, because it allowed the poet to express a large amount of thoughts or ideas in only fourteen lines. It was then developed by many poets to suit their own needs. It was especially popular with Cavalcanti, Dante and Petrarch. Francesco Petrarch was probably one of the most famous of the Italian sonnet writers and so the Italian form is also known as the Petrarchan form....   [tags: Papers]

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Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare

- Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare SONNET 18 William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 is one of one hundred fifty four poems of fourteen lines written in Iambic Pentameter. These sonnets exclusively employ the rhyme scheme, which has come to be called the Shakespearean Sonnet. The sonnets are composed of an octet and sestet and typically progress through three quatrains to a concluding couplet. It also contains figurative language and different poetic devices used to create unique effects in his sonnets....   [tags: Poetry Poem]

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Comparison of Remember and Sonnet

- Comparison of Remember and Sonnet Many parallels can be drawn between 'Remember' by Christina Rossetti and 'Sonnet' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, however at the same time there are distinct contrasts apparent. The title 'Sonnet' -or often commonly known as 'How do I love thee'- obviously introduces the piece in sonnet form. A sonnet is a fourteen-line poem in iambic pentameter with a carefully patterned rhyme scheme. The Italian or Petrarchan sonnet, named after Francesco Petrarch, an Italian poet from the thirteenth century was introduced into English poetry in the early sixteenth century and has been widely used ever since....   [tags: Christina Rossetti Elizabeth Browning Essays]

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Uncovering Worth Unknown: The Constancy of Love in Sonnet 116

- Arguably the most famed writer of all time, William Shakespeare became famous for his plays and for his sonnets. These sonnets discuss everything from the importance of children to the troubles of rival poets, and have even been divided into two distinct subgroups—those of the “Fair Youth” and those of the “Dark Lady”—because of the differences between the two. However, a common theme that runs throughout nearly all of them is that of love. Illustrating and exemplifying love, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 provides a classic example of this theme, as Shakespeare both defines love and holds it up as a paragon of all things good....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]

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Close Reading of Shakespeare´s Sonnet 130

- 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....   [tags: love, mitress, pleasures, torment]

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The Mask We Wear: An Analysis of Sonnet 138

- William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 138” depicts the relationship of a couple, who many believe to be the author and his mistress, a woman referred to as the dark lady. The sonnet’s immense use of imagery causes the reader to imagine the sonnet as a play where the characters are covered by masks. Furthermore the sonnet illustrates that through lies, characters are able to hide themselves and become something they are not. By changing oneself, one gives into mediocrity, because if one puts on a mask to be like everyone else, then that individual will never be able to be themselves....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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“Trout” and “Sonnet 130”: A Comparison of Two Poems

- “Trout” and “Sonnet 130”: A Comparison of Two Poems In “Trout” by David Marlatt and “Sonnet 130” by William Shakespeare, both describe their loves in unusual, more complex ways then what is usually written in poetry. “Trout” describes a day where the speaker swims next to his love, and explains to her that she is as beautiful as a trout. Throughout the poem, however, there seems to be a tone of admiration, and the audience cannot hellp but feel that the speaker is giving his love one of the highest praises he can possibley think of....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Compare/Contrast]

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Sonnet 64 of Spencer's Amoretti

- Sonnet 64 of Spencer's Amoretti        Poets, in general, are fond of symbolism and figures of speech.  Instead of wallowing in the concrete and the obvious, it has always been the purpose of the poet to give "... to aery nothing a local habitation and a name."  The writers of love poetry are especially fond of imagery, metaphors, and similar devices, comparing their loved ones to such and such an animal or cosmic event.         It is therefore of no surprise that 16th century sonnets employ many figures of speech when elaborating on the finer points of the subject.  Spenser, throughout his masterful Amoretti, is especially effective at drawing forth emotions;  from feelings o...   [tags: Spencer Amoretti Essays]

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The Scorned Lover of Sir Philip Sidney's "Sonnet 31"

- ... Were Astrophel’s love not unrequited, he might describe the moon as a glowing white orb lending itself to the joy of a midnight stroll; given that his love is unrequited, however, the face of the moon presents itself not as beautiful and radiant but as wan, suggesting that its pallid color owes its explanation to illness and despair. Astrophel’s reference to the “busy archer” he holds accountable for arbitrarily influencing man’s emotions is undoubtedly a reference to Cupid, the god of love who, with his arrows, can inspire feelings of love and admiration so intense the person affected finds himself unable to act in his best interest, regardless of how his particular object of affection...   [tags: misfortunes, unrequited, sorrow]

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Critical Analysis of Jonh Milton's Sonnet 8

- Milton returned to England about 1641 when the political and religious affairs were very disturbing to many. He started to apply his work in practice for that one great work like Paradise Lost when penning the Sonnets. Not every sonnet is identical but they can be difficult in interpretation, styles, word use, and so forth. The purpose of this paper is to analyze Milton’s Sonnet 8 (ca 1642), “Captain or Colonel.” This will be done by explaining the type of theme and then separating the sonnet into three sections: lines 1-4, 5-8, and 9-14 for a better understanding of how Milton used the development of ongoing events to present problems with a mystical resolution....   [tags: paradaise lost, british controversialist]

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Impermanence in Sonnet 15 Perpetuating the “inconstant stay” by Grafting

- Shakespeare’s Sonnet 15 explores the possibility of preserving a man through verse, employing a gardening metaphor to explain the process of doing so. Throughout the sonnet, men are likened to plants in their manner of growing, exhibiting beauty, as well as by their impermanence. The comparison between men and plants culminates in the final line of the poem in which the speaker promises to “ingraft [the man] new” (14), presumably through verse. “Ingrafting” in this instance suggests both the act of writing as well as a horticultural process practiced by cultivators of plants....   [tags: Shakespeare, Analysis]

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Speakig to His Lover in Shakespeare’s Sonnet #23

- Shakespeare’s Sonnet #23 is addressed to the lovely young man, called WH. The speaker is trying to convey his complex feeling towards his lover. He is tongue-tied in the young man’s company and he is trying to explain this awkwardness and express his complex emotions in this sonnet. It is, the speaker says, due to the hugeness of his love, that makes it too heavy to carry. For the author this sonnet is a silent representation of his inner voice. To show the complexity of the situation, he compares poet’s role as a lover to an actor’s timidity onstage....   [tags: passion, rage, emotions]

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A Wretch but for Love: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 91

- A Wretch but for Love: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 91 Shakespeare’s ninety-first sonnet continues to address the young man to whom he has been writing the procreation sonnets. The theme of this sonnet is the incomparable value of the young man’s love. For Shakespeare, the pleasure of the young man’s love is greater than any other pleasure. His rejection of worldly pleasures for the greater joy of love also appears to highlight a distinction Shakespeare wants to make between true wealth and poverty. In doing so, he insinuates a social criticism about the notion of what is truly valuable in this world....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Metaphors by Sylvia Plath and Sonnet 7 by William Shakespeare

- The poems “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath and “Sonnet 7” by William Shakespeare contrast one another and provide insight into how each author felt about the issue of having a child through their writing. According to the website dedicated to her, Sylviaplath.de, Sylvia Plath wrote poetry predominantly in the mid 20th century. Her views on pregnancy are reflected in her poem “Metaphors” and are drastically different from those of Shakespeare. The gap in time between each poem is somewhere around three hundred and fifty years....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]

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Critical Analysis of Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare

- Critical Analysis of Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare (1564-1616) lived in a time of religious turbulence. During the Renaissance people began to move away from the Church. Authors began to focus on the morals of the individual and on less lofty ideals than those of the Middle Ages. Shakespeare wrote one-hundred fifty-four sonnets during his lifetime. Within these sonnets he largely explored romantic love, not the love of God. In Sonnet 29 Shakespeare uses specific word choice and rhyme to show the reader that it is easy to be hopeful when life is going well, but love is always there, for rich and poor alike, even when religion fails....   [tags: Shakespeare, literary analysis, poetry]

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Analysis of Holy Sonnet XIV

- Analysis of Holy Sonnet XIV Throughout history, many people have endeavoured to convey their interpretations, or experiences, of the relationship between God and mankind. Many interpretations are positive - Psalm 139 of the Bible, for example, portrays the relationship between man and God as a personal and intimate one - yet just as many are decidedly negative. One such interpretation is Holy Sonnet XIV, an intensely personal poem by John Donne which explores the feelings of a man torn between physical desire and spiritual longing....   [tags: Papers]

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The Eve of St. Agnes: A Reworking of the Spenserian Sonnet

- “The Eve of St. Agnes”: A Reworking of the Spenserian Sonnet As the values of the 18th century shifted from formal perfection to experimentation, so did the poetry. The writings of the 19th century romantic poets explored new forms and variations of the sonnet; they moved away from the heroic couplet, which was dominant during the preceding century by writers like Pope. John Keats utilized this romantic method habitually throughout his works. In his 1819 poem “The Eve of St. Agnes”, Keats refashioned the traditional Spenserian allegory to explore sinful qualities, and personal virtues such as lust, whereas Edmund Spencer’s customary sonnet form usually expressed chivalric and Christian val...   [tags: john keats, christian values, poets]

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Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 20 versus Shakespeare's Sonnet 130

- In Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 20 and William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130, both are talking about love. Love in a romantic relationship, yet they seem very different from each other. Sir Philip Sidney’s is the traditional Petrarchan sonnet and Shakespeare’s have his own style of sonnet. Take a side on the type of sonnets, the two sonnets shares some more differences. The love object in Astrophil and Stella Sonnet 20 and Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare are very unlike, the former one fits all the conventional beauty and the latter one is opposite; the treatment of love is different as well, Sir Philip Sidney illustrate it in a violence way and Shakespeare describe it in a more co...   [tags: beauty and love]

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The Facebook Sonnet: Decreases Face-to-Face Communication

- “The Facebook Sonnet” by Sherman Alexie brings up ideas and controversy over social media because it decreases face-to-face communication. Though Facebook allows people to contact old and new friends, it renders away from the traditional social interaction. Online, people are easily connected by one simple click. From liking one’s status to posting multiple pictures, Facebook demands so much attention that it’s easy for users to get attach. They get caught up in all the online aspect of their lives that they fail to appreciate real life relationships and experiences....   [tags: social media, facebook, sherman alexie]

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Communicating Love in Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

- Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare is one of his better know works of literature. This sonnet aims to define love by communicating what its is and what it is not. Shakespeare makes his point clear from the beggining of the poem: true love does not change even if there are circumstances that stand in its way. Shakespeare then goes onto define what love is by saying what it is not. Love is something that does not change even when it is confronted by tempests. It is not something that comes and goes, but rather is “not Time’s fool”, meaning that it is not subject to the passing of time....   [tags: literature, illusion to marriage]

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William Shakespeare's Sonnet #55

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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Browning's Sonnet 43

- A good relationship cannot be found, it has to be created. Relationships are different for everybody and most of us feel we need a good relationship in our lives to make us feel better and live happier but that is that always necessarily the case. ‘Thefreedictionary.com’ defines relationship as ‘The condition or fact of being related; connection or association’ whereas the ‘urbandictionary.com’ defines a relationship as ‘A legal form of prostitution where a female collects money, cars, and other valuable things in exchange for sex’, both definitions are very different but which Is right and which is wrong....   [tags: presentation of relationships in literature]

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Essay for Shakespeares Sonnet 73

- Anthony Tseng Gloomy, dejected, depressed: These are the emotional elements that William Shakespeare implemented into the speaker of Sonnet 73. An understanding that time doesn’t last forever and we all will age with the current of time. Thus he has accepted his fate, but wants us the readers to feel what he feels and see what he sees. Each year more time passes by. Each year we age a little more. A year also dies out, and then comes a new year. An endless cycle of life and death. Represented each year by trees with yellow leaves....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Poem Analysis – Sonnet 116

- Poem Analysis – Sonnet 116 ‘Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds’ Study the first 12 lines of the poem. Discuss how Shakespeare makes a statement in the first and second lines, and then use lines 2-12 to give examples which supports his viewpoints. In the first two lines of the poem Shakespeare writes, Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments: love is not love The first line shows that he thinks you should not marry unless you are faithful. He says ‘let me not’ which means that he does not approve of the untrue or unfaithful minds marrying....   [tags: English Literature]

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There Goes the Sun: An Analysis of Shakespeare's 33rd Sonnet

- There Goes the Sun: An analysis of Shakespeare's 33rd Sonnet 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. Like one’s childhood, the poem begins with pure joy. Shakespeare begins the poem with “Full many a glorious morning have I seen / Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye.”(1-2) On a surface reading, the poet is saying how wonderful the day is....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Analyzing Shakespears Sonnet 5

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Explication of Sonnet 144

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William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

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John Donne's Sonnet 14

- John Donne's poetry reflects many things about him as a poet. Mainly, that his poetry reflects his character make-up as he writes the poem. In the later years of his life, he entered into a religious stage that he continued with until his death in 1631. Sonnet 14 is an example of his religious period, where he is "besieged" and asks God to come into his life in a very real way. His use of parallelism, powerful diction and syntax, and paradox presents thoughts on this subject in an umatched way and stresses the depth of his feelings in this sonnet....   [tags: Poetry]

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Sonnet 69

- Sonnet 65 (Shakespeare) 1 Since brass, nor stone, nor boundless sea, 2 But sad mortality o’er-sways their power, 3 How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, 4 Whose action is no stronger than a flower. 5 O how shall summer’s honey breath hold out, 6 Against the wreckful siege of batt’ring days 7 When rocks impregnable are not so stout, 8 Nor gates of steel so strong, but time decays. 9 O fearful meditation. Where, alack, 10 Shall time’s best jewel from time’s chest lie hid. 11 Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back, 12 Or who his spoil o’er beauty can forbid....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Sonnet 43

- Sonnet 43, A Touching Love Poem &#9; &#9;If one were to ever receive a love poem, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 43 would be and excellent poem to receive. The sonnet is addressed to the beloved of the speaker. The speaker talks about how the best thing he sees is upon the closing of his eyes, when he then pictures the beloved. The speaker talks about how the rest of the world is unworthy to look upon compared to the beloved. The speaker talks about how sleep is the best time, because that is when he can see the beloved in his dreams....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sonnet 18

- Amazing authors can induce thoughts by a single word. The ideas that can form in our heads by a small phrase are powerful. Only the most talented and capable authors can provoke such feelings within us. Who is more than able to stir these feelings in a reader but William Shakespeare. His various plays keep us entranced and curious but it is his poetry that strikes a chord deep within us. Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare is particularly powerful. He writes about a love that cannot be compared to anything in the world because of his deep infatuation....   [tags: essays research papers]

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An examination of the sonnet from Petrarch to Browning.

- An examination of the sonnet from Petrarch to Browning. A sonnet is a poem, which traditionally contains the subject of love. The creator of the sonnet was a man named Francesco Petrarca who was usually referred to as Petrarch. Petrarch wrote many of his sonnets based upon himself, and his lover, Laura. The conventional format of a sonnet contains fourteen lines, and is segregated to illustrate two arguments. Every sonnet takes the conventional format of fourteen lines, although the way the arguments are split up, may be different....   [tags: English Literature]

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Sonnet 50

- William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 50" ,on first read, is the story of a man on a sad journey, leaving a loved one and riding a horse that seems more reluctant to go than he does. Upon second evaluation one must ask, why would it pain the horse to leave. The answer is that the horse represents the writers heart. The trudging journey in the sonnet is a metaphor for the speakers grief and pain of parting with someone he loves. In stanzas 1-4, the speaker's problem is brought to light. For some unknown reason, the speaker cannot be with his friend any longer and must move on....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sonnet 72

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The Fusion of Content and Form in Sonnet 29

- The Fusion of Content and Form in Sonnet 29 One of the most popular of the fixed poetic forms in English literature is the sonnet. Attributed to the Italian poet Petrarch in the fourteenth century, the sonnet is still used by many contemporary writers. The appeal of the sonnet lies in its two-part structure, which easily lends itself to the dynamics of much human emotional experience and to the intellectual mode of human sensibility for argument based on complication and resolution. In the last decade of the sixteenth century, sonnet writing became highly fashionable following the publication of Sir Philip Sydney’s sonnet sequence Astrophel and Stella, published in 1591....   [tags: English Literature]

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Sonnet 12

- In modern times, youth and beauty is an image seen everywhere. For example, a Versace billboard, magazine ad, TV commercial, all of which displays images of beautiful people. But what happens when this beauty fades. Shakespeare in his 12th sonnet talks about his experience and fading beauty. The purpose of this poem is to encourage a young man to not lose his beauty to the ravages of time. In order to do this, one must reproduce so beauty will live. In the first quatrain, Shakespeare begins his meditation on the process of decay....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sonnet 65

- Sonnet 65 Sonnet 65 by Shakespeare argues that beauty and youth are illusions as they inevitably fade with the effects of time. The reader is pulled into the age old battle between humanity's desire for immortality and inevitable physical decay. Shakespeare suggests that it is only ideas captured by `black ink' (verses) that have any hope of transcending the test of time. The metaphoric loss of a legal battle by `beauty' against the `rage' of time in the first quatrain is intertwined with images of nature, to reinforce the idea that evading decay is hopeless....   [tags: Personal Essays]

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Exploring the Theme of Love in Sonnets 57 and 58

- Shakespeare’s sonnets are numbered in a sequential order and adjacent sonnets often have similar content. Throughout Shakespeare’s sonnets, he covers many subjects, such as interest in the life of a young man, his love for a young man, and his love for a dark haired woman. In sonnets 57 and 58, Shakespeare discusses how love is like slavery in its different manifestations. The object of the narrator’s love has a dominating power over the narrator, which controls him and guides his actions. Shakespeare shows in sonnets 57 and 58 that love can be displayed by using many different routes such as viewing love as a controlling force, exploring the theme of time and waiting in regards to love, an...   [tags: Shakespeare’s Sonnet Essays]

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Sonnet to Science by Edgar Allen Poe

- Sonnet to Science by Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe's "Sonnet- to Science" is an example of how the structure of a poem can both aid and hinder the poet in communicating his or her thoughts. Usually, when the poet chooses to structure his poem in the form of a sonnet, he is, through his speaker, asking a question and reaching an answer. In this poem, however, the speaker, probably a young poet, questions Science but reaches no conclusion. Poe uses the English sonnet to communicate his youthful speaker's feelings of disdain for science and facts as opposed to mythology and fantasy, which inspire poetic musings....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII

- Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII Shall I compare thee to a summer's day. Thou art more lovely and more temperate, Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date, Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm'd, And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd, But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest, Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest, So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee....   [tags: Papers]

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