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Freedom and Liberty in Wordsworth's Prefatory Sonnet

- Freedom and Liberty in Wordsworth's Prefatory Sonnet       William Wordsworth's "Prefatory Sonnet", originally published in his book, Poems, In Two Volumes, deals with the concept of liberty as a personal goal and its relevance on the larger political spectrum. The poet likens Nuns and Hermits, who find solace in their confining spaces, to himself and the writing of sonnets. Building upon this framework, Wordsworth makes an important observation about personal liberty and its place in political freedom....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Wordsworth’s Sonnets and Technology

- Wordsworth’s Sonnets and Technology In William Wordsworth’s sonnets "The World Is Too Much With Us" and "London 1802," he describes his society as being too dependent on technology. In Wordsworth’s time, the 1800’s, new phases of technology, such as electricity to run machines, were booming and people were relying more on them. With these new innovations, Wordsworth was convinced that people would stop appreciating nature while allowing technology to run their lives. In "London 1802," Wordsworth describes how people are becoming more dependent on technology and how they have left behind their ancestors' heritage: "England have forfeited their ancient English dower"(5)....   [tags: Wordsworth]

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Nature Explored in the Poems of William Wordsworth

- As time passes it is said that the human race becomes less aware of nature around them and more consumed with the things produced by man. The romantic poet William Wordsworth saw the cultural decline and as the literary critic Harold Bloom stated, “The fear of mortality haunts much of Wordsworth’s best poetry, especially in regard to the premature mortality of the imagination and the loss of creative joy.” This statement greatly reflects the views of Wordsworth, whose poetry conveys the warning of a man asking those enveloped in the world to step back and recognize the beauty and miracles of nature....   [tags: literary analysis, william wordsworth]

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Analysis Of ' The Quintessence Of Romanticism ' By William Wordsworth And Samuel Coleridge

- Era of Imagination My initial perception of Romanticism was a period of love for another individual. During my research, I learned that it was not love for an individual, but the love of nature, freedom, and imagination. “The quintessence of Romanticism is perhaps best revealed by setting forth its concepts of the Imagination-what it is, what it is not, how it functions, and why it is of greatest importance in human life” (Bernbaum 323). Romanticism is a style of art and literature during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries....   [tags: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth]

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A Critical Comparison of Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130" and Elizabeth Barrett-Browning's "Sonnet 14"

- Petrarchan sonnets are like all the other typical sonnets in the early sixteenth which consist of 14 verses in the poem and 10 syllables per line. In comparison, they all instigate the traditional theme of love where women were admired and sometimes worshipped in order to express deep love that emissaries her beauty. However, Petrarchan sonnet could not said be too congruent to sixteenth style of writing sonnets. Nevertheless, they share identical theme in the sonnets which is the traditional theme of love where Petrarchan sonnets uses clichés in order to describe his mistress as “lucid gold” and her smile as “angelic smile”....   [tags: Sonnet 130, sonnet 14]

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The Nature Of William Wordsworth

- The Nature of William Wordsworth William Wordsworth’s contributions to literature have been instrumental to the development of what poetry is today. One of his most popular contributions was a poem in the Lyrical Ballads called “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”. This poem embodied the spirit of the Romantic Era. While many draw different thoughts and images when reading this poem, there is an underlying tone when describing nature. Analyzing the stanzas will unveil the true spiritual intent and beauty of the poem....   [tags: Romanticism, William Wordsworth, Poetry]

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Romanticism By William Wordsworth And Coleridge

- ... The use of language is also interesting as it uses a lot of words around age which adds a slow and calming tone to the poem e.g. old, years, burden, and eighty which could be a representation of Simon Lee. Within the poem it also uses the name of the subject, which in this case is Simon Lee. This is interesting because it is very rare for any poet to use the name of person they are writing about. This could normally be done to add a sense of mystery to the poem, however as Wordsworth uses his name this makes the poem much more personal and touching....   [tags: Romanticism, William Wordsworth]

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Analysis Of Wordsworth 's ' The 1800 '

- ... In Coleridge’s work, he suggests a moral and religious framework in which to place the forces of nature and the awe of the sublime; the idea that nature will never leave those that are ‘wise and pure’ suggests a degree of selectivity based on virtue and thus the power of nature in his poetry is subsumed, and superseded by, Coleridge’s personal Christian beliefs and thus the power of God and His creation. For Wordsworth, however, man’s relationship to nature is often an inexpressible and inexplicable one founded on a deep-seated psychological and instinctive response, and although it might stimulate intellectual thoughts, it is not a connection formed in the mind....   [tags: William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 18

- One can believe that the symbol in this sonnet is the summer’s day representing a person that is too passionate like a man. In line 1, “Shall I compare thee to a summer 's day?” (Shakespeare 1). With this quote many can say that Shakespeare “Sonnet 18” will be about how he will compare someone to a summer’s day. One can believe that Shakespeare wrote this about a man due to the word “thee”. Shakespeare uses Old English with most of his work, in addition, Latin word is used in most Old English around the time Shakespeare used it....   [tags: Shakespeare's sonnets, Sonnet, Sonnet 18, Sonnets]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 75 And Sonnet 116

- William Shakespeare’s sonnets are renowned as some of the greatest poetry ever written. He wrote a total of 154 sonnets that were published in 1609. Shakespearean sonnets consider similar themes including love, beauty, and the passing of time. In particular, William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 75 and Sonnet 116 portray the theme of love through aspects of their form and their display of metaphors and similes. While both of these sonnets depict the theme of love, they have significantly contrasting ideas about the same theme....   [tags: Iambic pentameter, Poetry, Sonnet, Love]

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Instrumental Romantic By William Wordsworth

- Instrumental Romantic William Wordsworth was one of the most influential of all the Romantic poets. To most people Wordsworth did not look like a poet. He had nothing of a delicate feature. He almost had a rugged look. His facial expression still could be romanticized. There was something powerful about his facial expression, the wide slash of mouth, the commanding nose, and the fierce eyes, “half burning, and half smoldering, with a bitter fixture of regard.” Though capable of utmost delicacy in feeling and affection, his character was independent, craggy, intense, brooding, and inward....   [tags: William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge]

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William Wordsworth And Robert Frost

- One of the functions of memories is that it can provide a valuable lesson. As Cesare Pavese quoted, the richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten. Such as this is the case for two poets William Wordsworth and Robert Frost. There are many similarities and differences between the poems by William Wordsworth and Robert Frost in the method through which they use nature as their poetic theme. It is clear that both of these poets consider memory as an important role in the exploration of the natural world....   [tags: Poetry, William Wordsworth, River Wye]

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Tintern Abbey, By William Wordsworth

- In William Wordsworth’s Poem Tintern Abbey, the narrator returns to a beautiful place that he visited five years prior. Having been away for such a long time, as he looks down the “steep and lofty cliffs” (288) he contemplates the changes that have occurred in both himself and the landscape itself. This text can be used as an example to identify different uses of the poetic form. In the Preface to Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth addresses three main points regarding poetic principles, including: language and the subject of poetry, a poet’s role as one who challenges social norms, a poet’s relation to nature, and the reflective quality of poetic writings....   [tags: Poetry, William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads]

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Loss of Innocence in Wordsworth's Nutting

- A Loss of Innocence in Wordsworth's "Nutting" A romantic poet, William Wordsworth examines the relationship between the individual and nature. In the poem "Nutting," Wordsworth focuses on the role that innocence plays in this relationship as he describes a scene that leads to his own coming of age. Unlike many of his other poems, which reveal the ability to experience and access nature in an innocent state, "Nutting" depicts Wordsworth's inability as a young boy to fully appreciate nature, causing him to destroy it....   [tags: William Wordsworth, Poetry, Poem, Poets]

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Romantic Works Of William Wordsworth, William Blake, Samuel T. Coleridge And Wordsworth

- ... Therefore let the moon. Shine on thee…” (Wordsworth 331). Here Wordsworth is lashing out at those who would make “rash judgments” in regards to nature for the sake of industrial progress and monetary wealth. Consequently, these are political themes with which mankind is still struggling. Karmrunnessa Khatun notes, “Studying literature in the light of eco-criticism focuses on its relation to histories of ecological thought, ethics and activism to help shape human response” (1). “Tintern Abbey” not only shows how important nature is to mankind but also points out that it is being exploited for monetary gain; therefore, “Tintern Abbey” is an activist poem against industrialism in an eco-cri...   [tags: Romanticism, William Wordsworth]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet - The Power Of A Sonnet

- ... The Shakespearean sonnet has the “rhyme scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GG, forming three quatrains (four lines in a group) and a closing couplet (two rhymed lines)” (Sites). The issue of the sonnet is developed in the first three quatrains, each quatrain with a new idea appearing. Sometimes the first two quatrains are devoted to the same thought, followed by the final being the resolution to the poem. Most strikingly unlike the Italian sonnet, the English sonnet ends with a rhyming two-line couplet. The Petrarchan or Italian sonnet, named after the fourteenth century Italian poet Petrarch....   [tags: Poetry, Sonnet, Poetic form, Iambic pentameter]

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Sonnet XX, by William Shakespeare

- Sonnet XX, by William Shakespeare, is fraught with wordplay and ambiguity. Shakespeare misleads the audience with variety of puns and double entendres. Due to the large amount of criticism this poem produces, it is necessary to analyze this piece twice: once from the perspective of a female attraction, and once from the perspective of a male attraction. Only when both sides of this equilibrium are examined can true insight be achieved. It is my goal to present the same mystifying experiences as Shakespeare: the initial debate as to whether this fair youth is male or female, and the ultimate debate as to whether our narrator’s intense fondness for this youth is the result of platonic love o...   [tags: Sonnet XX Essays]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 2

- William Shakespeare just couldn 't leave the man alone. "Sonnet 2" is part of a 17-sonnet collection written to a young friend encouraging him to produce progeny. Also known as "the procreation sonnets" (Shmoop Editorial Team), the poet urges him to "marry and eternize his beauty through the engendering of children, [...] to conquer devouring Time" (Bevington 883). To attain immortality, to beat time, he needed to wed and pass his name on to an heir. This collection of sonnets appears to be written by an overzealous parent....   [tags: Shakespeare's sonnets, Sonnet, Poetry]

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The Romantic Era Of William Wordsworth

- Nature’s beauty can be seen all around us and has been and will always be there for us to appreciate; yet the way we experience and interpret nature is ever changing. The Romantic Era was a literary movement that gave a new attitude towards nature that was unique and spiritual. The Romantic movement, beginning around 1798, and carrying on well into the mid 1800s, expanded into almost every corner of Europe, into the United States, and Latin America. The ideology of the romantic era, of being completely humanistic, was the opposite of the new ideas of logic and reason of the Enlightenment....   [tags: Romanticism, William Wordsworth, J. M. W. Turner]

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The Sonnet, By Billy Collins

- In “Sonnet,” Billy Collins satirizes the classical sonnet’s volume to illustrate love in only “…fourteen lines…” (1). Collins’s poem subsists as a “Sonnet,” though there exists many differences in it countering the customarily conventional structure of a sonnet. Like Collins’s “Sonnet,” Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130” also faces incongruities from the classic sonnet form as he satirizes the concept of ideal beauty that was largely a convention of writings and art during the Elizabethan era. Although these poem venture through different techniques to appear individually different from the classic sonnet, the theme of love makes the poems analogous....   [tags: Poetry, Sonnet, Iambic pentameter, Meter]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 18

- William Shakespeare was arguably the greatest poet of all time, let alone of the renaissance period, and he certainly knew how brilliantly clever he was. Shakespeare wrote many sonnets which ultimately were callous towards their subjects. In addition to them being callous he also expertly used the final couplet to make him seem like he was a great poet whose writing was sheer awesome in the truest sense of the term, or to brag on his abilities in any way. Many, many of his sonnets show evidence of this trait....   [tags: Shakespeare's sonnets, Love, Poetry, Sonnet]

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The Power of the Sonnet

- The Power of the Sonnet Sonnet 30 tells us that the speaker is a person who has long been stoic, whose tears have for a long time been unused to flow. In the situation sketched in the poem, he begins by deliberately and habitually making these tears flow again; he willingly--for the sake of an enlivened emotional selfhood--calls up the griefs of the past. In receding order, before the weeping "now", there was the "recent" dry-eyed stoicism; "before that," the frequent be-moanèd moan of repeated grief; "further back in the past," the original loss so often mourned; and "in the remote past", a time of achieved happiness, or at lea...   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Holy Sonnet XVIII by John Donne

- I will analyze John Donne’s Holy Sonnet XVIII. This sonnet is a variant of an Italian Sonnet with a volta occurring, unusually, at line 11 instead of the standard at line 9. The theme of this sonnet is the search for the true church of Christ among the various conflicting denominations of Christianity. Significant words, metaphysical conceit, metrics, sound patterns and tone come together to develop and clarify the theme. I will analyze the sonnet in three parts, beginning with the octave followed by the first two lines of the sestet and finally, the last four lines of the sestet....   [tags: christianity, italian sonnet, loneliness]

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Analysis Of Tintern Abbey By William Wordsworth

- ... In this poem he talks of revisiting a place that he had been to in his past. He talks of the memories and his feelings now. Three messages in the poem Tintern Abbey is our mind can be restored through imagination, a few good memories can get us by, and happiness is a choice to us. To begin with, in the poem he talks about restoring our minds through imagination. He is talking of when he is revisiting the place and the memories that are rushing through him and the feeling that he is getting....   [tags: Meaning of life, Mind, William Wordsworth]

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William Wordsworth 's Poem, Daffodils And The Natural World

- William Wordsworth, a romantic poet assisting the launch of the Romantic period is well-known for his poems reflecting the connection between man and the natural world. Through his famous poem “Daffodils” and “Lines Written in Early Spring” Wordsworth reflects tragedy and loss he has encountered in his childhood. Using specific poetic devices such as personification, imagery and rhyme along with the prominent theme nature he has represented the religious beliefs of the Romantic period. With his famous poems “Daffodils” and “Lines Written in Early Spring” along with other well-known poems that assisted in the launch of the Romantic period William Wordsworth should be included in “The Best Poe...   [tags: Romanticism, Poetry, William Wordsworth]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 130

- ... The author begins the sonnet with a negative description, cleverly depicting what his subject 's eyes are not. Right away we know that the woman being described isn 't the usual type of woman which authors of the Renaissance wrote about. Instead of a pale, nymph-like beauty from the upper classes, we are given the portrait of a woman who must work hard at the detriment to her appearance. For instance, considering that taverns for the low classes were likely not to have the highest sanitation standards, it 's little surprise that the mistress ' breasts would be nothing like snow, and instead are described as "dun" (3)....   [tags: Poetry, Love, Rhyme, Sonnet]

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Sonnets and Poems of Wordsworth and Milton

- Sonnets and Poems of Wordsworth and Milton Sonnets are poems that have fourteen lines that usually have a recognized rhyming scheme. A sonnet generally has two sections; with the first section normally having eight lines and the second section having six. The rhythm in each line of the sonnet can also apply with sonnet traditions and the syllables (which is counted in feet) can define which tradition it is - French, Italian or English. Sonnets were commonly written in the sixteenth to eighteenth century and often written to express emotions of happiness, sadness, and love or written for someone in particular by request....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 130

- Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 is a sonnet much different than the normal love sonnets of that time. A well-known re-occurring them in Shakespeare’s sonnets is love. Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 can be interpreted many different ways. Sonnet 130 describes what love is to Shakespeare by making the poem a joke in order to mock other poets. In sonnet 130, Shakespeare spoke of a courtly love. Shakespeare goes against the usual style of courtly love writing in this sonnet. “In comparison to Petrarch’s Sonnet 90 and Shakespeare’s own Sonnets 18 and 20, Sonnet 130 is a parody of courtly love, favoring a pastoral love that is austere in its declaration, yet deep-rooted in sincerity” (Dr....   [tags: Sonnet, Poetry, Iambic pentameter, Meter]

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Law of Nature - Wordsworth

- Nature is freedom, it knows no boundaries. Bronislaw Malinowski wrote, "Freedom is a symbol which stands for a sublime and powerful ideal.” The state of nature is a term in political philosophy that describes a circumstance prior to the state and society's establishment. John Locke, whose work influenced the American Declaration of Independence, believes that the state of nature is the state where are individuals are completely equal, natural law regulates, and every human being has the executive power of the natural law....   [tags: William Wordsworth]

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Comparing Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and London by William Blake

- Comparison between William Blake and William Wordsworth’s Views of London William Blake grew up in the slums of London and this is shown in his poem, he wrote his poem in the slums and back alleys of London as he never had very much money. He describes London as being “charter’d”, this gives us the impression that everything has rules and boundaries in London, and that there is no mystery to be discovered. Also chartered means on a map, almost as if it is owned, by the king perhaps. The line in which the word is on, “I wander through each charter’d street, near where the charter’d Thames does flow,” makes us feel as if every thing is owned and nothing is natural, like all the people in Lo...   [tags: William Wordsworth William Blake]

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Comparing the Two Pictures of London, Illustrated by Wordsworth and Blake in Their Two Poems

- Comparing the Two Pictures of London, Illustrated by Wordsworth and Blake in Their Two Poems The two poems depicting London by Wordsworth and Blake are in some ways similar and yet have many differences. Both observations of London are depicted through the poets' personal perspectives of London using individual experiences. We can tell that both poems are from the person's interpretations and experiences as they are said in the first person: 'Ne'er saw I…' in Wordswoths' poem and: 'I wonder through each chartered street…' in Blakes'....   [tags: Compare Contrast Wordsworth Blake]

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Comparing Wordsworth And Ginsberg And Light Of T. S. Eliot 's ' Tradition And The Individual Talent

- Early Morning Cities – Comparing Wordsworth and Ginsberg in light of T. S. Eliot’s ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’ In his essay ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’ T. S. Eliot is making the case that a poet should escape emotion and personality in the poem itself; he argues that the ‘greatness’ of a poem is not ‘the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions’ ; on the contrary, he describes them as something that is more contained in the work of the art itself and does not originate from the process of writing poetry or from the poet’s personal history....   [tags: Poetry, Emotion, William Wordsworth, Ezra Pound]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 130

- ... This sonnet was written during a time of love poems that expressed a mans unrequited love for a woman that he lusted after, and I think that Shakespeare was trying to make fun of the popular poems of the time by writing a parody love sonnet expressing his true love for a woman that is real in every aspect. This sonnet is still an inspiration today because of the honesty and realism displayed in it. Everyone thinks that they have to have the “perfect” man or woman to spend the rest of their life with, but in reality we all have our faults and someone that truly loves you, will love every bit of them....   [tags: Love, Poetry, Sonnet, Unrequited love]

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William Wordsworth 's Romanticism Of The Common Man And Nature

- ... When they planned to marry, William didn 't have money and was forced to move back to England. While separated from his lover and his daughter, William went under an emotional breakdown that pushed him to write more. This allowed him to produce some of his best works. Socially during this time zone was the beginning of a changing industrial world. Loy talked about the Industrial Revolution and how it influenced the world “Since the mid-eighteenth century, the Industrial Revolution had been ushering in dramatic economic and social changes....   [tags: William Wordsworth, Romanticism, Romantic poetry]

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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet Sonnet 107

- Analysis of Sonnet 107 Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul Of the wide world dreaming on things to come Can yet the lease of my true love control, Suppos'd as forfeit to a condin'd doom. The mortal moon hath her eclipse endur'd, And the sad augurs mock their own presage; Incertainties now crown themselves assur's, nd peace proclaims olives of endless age. Now with the drops of this most balmy time My love looks fresh; and Death to me subscribes, Since spite of him I'll lime in this poor rhyme While he insults o'er dull and speechless tribes: And thou in this shalt find thy monument When tyrants' crests and tombs of brass are spent....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Wordsworth and Vaughan

- Wordsworth and Vaughan When reading T.S. Eliot’s critical comment, “It is to be observed that the language of these poets is as a rule simple and pure,” one might assume that he was referring to the Romantics (Eliot 2328). Specifically, we could apply this statement to poets the ilk of Wordsworth, who eschewed poetic affectations and “tricked out” language for sentiments that originated and flowed naturally (Wordsworth 270). Yet Eliot hadn’t focused his critical eye there, this time. Rather, he squinted a century back to a lesser-referenced literary group, the Metaphysical poets (Eliot 2328)....   [tags: Poetry Wordsworth Vaughan Essays]

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An Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73

- An Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73      Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare is widely read and studied. But what is Shakespeare  trying to say. Though it seems there will not be a simple answer, for a better understanding of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73, this essay offers an explication of the sonnet from The Norton Anthology of English Literature:                 That time of year thou mayst in me behold               When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang               Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,               Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Justifying Mutual Deceit in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138

- Justifying Mutual Deceit in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 A common conception of William Shakespeare’s poetry entails complex language and hidden meanings. Shakespeare is famous for his ability to author a web of images that creates layers of interpretations and understandings. In Sonnet 138 however, Shakespeare is more direct in describing his relationship with his lover by avoiding imagery and metaphors, explaining to the reader that this seemingly unconventional relationship is indeed justified....   [tags: William Shakespeare Sonnet]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 116

- Gatenby 1 Trevor Gatenby Professor Grant Moss English 3620 27 September 2014 Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 has always been one of my favorite works because of the value he places on love. Although I have read this sonnet many times before, I was glad to see that it was a topic of discussion this semester because I wanted to gain a further understanding of this particular sonnet. This sonnet comes in stark contrast to the first 15 sonnets where Shakespeare insists that the young man should not be wasting away his beauty....   [tags: Love, Sonnet, Romeo and Juliet, Iambic pentameter]

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The Theme of Hopkins' Sonnet, The Windhover

- The Theme of Hopkins' Sonnet, The Windhover "'The Windhover' is one of the most discussed, and it would seem least understood, poems of modern English literature." These opening words of a Hopkins' critic forewarn the reader of Hopkins' "The Windhover" that few critics agree on the meaning of this sonnet. Most critics do concur, however, that Hopkins' central theme is based on the paradoxical Christian principle of profit through sacrifice. Although most critics eventually focus on this pivotal concept, each one approaches the poem from a different analytical perspective....   [tags: Sonnet Essays]

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The Beauty of Sonnet 53

- The Beauty of Sonnet 53          Whether we realize it or not, we often give overlook the faults in the people who are dear to us. We focus on their good qualities and ignore the bad. This practice is not unique to our culture nor is it unique to our era. Shakespeare in his sonnet numbered 53, compares all beauty to his friend, and criticizes for trying to be as good as his friend. He does this by seemingly comparing his friend to things of beauty when in reality he is suggesting that his friend is the ideal and the beautiful things are merely copies or reflections of the friend....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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An Analysis of William Wordsworth's Daffodils

- Daffodils are happy flowers.  They are the first flower of spring and seeing them brings joy to many people.  William Wordsworth is considered a poet of nature and a topographic or landscape poet.  Wordsworth's "Daffodils" has a meaning and structure in which different techniques such as figurative language, imagery, and personification are used to successfully express his joy and feelings of glee in the vision of the daffodils dancing in the breeze. Wordsworth uses figurative language to describe himself in the poem.  Wordsworth begins the poem alone.  He is not only alone but happy to be alone he enjoys the tranquility of solitude.  Describing himself as a cloud, something that is consider...   [tags: Wordsworth Daffodils Essays]

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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 130

- ... “Certainly Shakespeare was mocking the employment if a typical Petrarchan conceit, in which women’s eyes were compared to the sun, stars, and other heavily bodies : such expressions lose their subtlety of meaning with overuse and become clichés”(Gale 2003). In refusing to describe his mistress in the expected way, the speaker has also identified her as an individual with not the brightest glance to catch, but deeper and perhaps more profound. The comparison was not quite as unflattering during the renaissance as during the modern times....   [tags: Poetry, Sonnet, Iambic pentameter, Poetic form]

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Love in Shakespeare's Sonnet 138

- The Philosophy of Love in Sonnet 138                     Shakespeare was a superb philosopher, but in his sonnets, he was a philosopher of love.  Shakespeare sets forth the experiences of love and its torments fully within his sonnets.  The philosophy of love is that, love reconciles all.  Love is the evil and the good, the lies and the truth.  Love is all there is. It passion as well as deception and lies. "Sonnet 138", is a notable example of Shakespeare's philosophy of love.  Written as a dramatic monologue, this sonnet (also known as "song") is a lyric.  Like all sonnets, there are fourteen lines, with every four lines written as quatrains in a b a b format.  The last two lines are kn...   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Free Essays on Sonnet CXXX

- Sonnet CXXX In our class we have been discussing sonnet cxxx. Many of my classmates believe that Shakespeare was saying that, although this girl is ugly, he still loves her. While others claim that he was not making any statements about her looks, but instead being realistic. It is my view that he was making a point of claiming that his girlfriend was a regular person and not a mythological goddess. Most people have heard on television or in movies, some guy tell his girlfriend that she has eyes as deep as the ocean or lips as soft as velvet....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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William Wordsworth Reflecting On Past

- William Wordsworth Reflecting On Past Envision five years from now. Driving through the streets, where you drove your old friends to places you remember listening to the radio, looking at the stores that once were your favorite hangouts, cruising through your common shortcuts. Clearly you will have remembered great memories and sad ones, and when you come back, both memories will come again at the places where they had happened....   [tags: Wordsworth Poem Poetry]

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An Analysis of Sonnet 64

- An Analysis of Sonnet 64 The formal structure of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 64 is largely reinforced by the logical and syntactical structure; each of the three quatrains begins with the same extended conditional "When I have seen" clause and contains the completion of the thought expressed by the clause. However, the first quatrain also contains a second conditional "When" clause (lines 3-4), and the last two lines of the third quatrain introduce the "That" result clause for all the foregoing lines....   [tags: Sonnet 64]

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Metaphorically Speaking – Sonnet 73

- Metaphorically Speaking – Sonnet 73     Love is a blanket of bright and colorful flowers that covers a beautifully rolling meadow on a breezy summer day. Similar metaphorical images appear in many famous poems including Shakespeare's "Sonnet 73." The metaphor is the most basic device poets use to convey meanings beyond literal speech (Guth 473). Shakespeare's use of metaphors in this sonnet conveys his theme of the inescapable aging process. Shakespeare "establishes and extends a metaphor that illuminates the poem's central meaning" and compares the inevitability of old age to three different aspects of nature (Prather)....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Lust in Sonnet CXXIX (129)

- Lust in Sonnet CXXIX (129) A Savage Action Full of Blame - The essences of pure lust and its’ dark side. That is, in a word, what Shakespeare in his Sonnet CXXIX1 describes. His language is full of anger, frustration and self-blaming. A real, emotional, affected language - no flourishes. Shakespeare doesn't write about eternal love, the beauties of a woman or spiritual relations - all themes which we might expect from a classical sonnets. No - he talks about lust and the feeling of being dominated and helpless....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Essay: Analysis of Sonnet 83

- Analysis of Sonnet 83 I never saw that you did painting did need, And therefore to your fair no painting set. I found, or thought I found, you did exceed The barren tender of a poet's debt. And therefore have I slept in your report, That you yourself, being extant, well might show How far a modern quill doth come too short Speaking of worth, what worth in you doth grow. This silence for my sin sis you impute, Which shall be muost my glory, being dumb, For I impair not being beauty being mute, When others would give life and bring a tomb....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Comparing John Constable's Painting The Cornfield and William Wordsworth's Poem Tintern Abbey

- Representations of Time: Wordsworth and Constable I do not know how without being culpably particular I can give my Reader a more exact notion of the style in which I wished these poems to be written, than by informing him that I have at all times endeavored to look steadily at my subject; consequently, I hope that there is in these Poems little falsehood of description, and my ideas are expressed in language fitted to their respective importance. Something I must have gained by this practice, as it is friendly to one property of all good poetry, namely, good sense; but it has necessarily cut me off from a large portion of phrases and figures of speech which from father to son have long...   [tags: Wordsworth Constable Art Poetry Painting]

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Essay: Analysis of Sonnet 33

- Analysis of Sonnet 33 Full many a glorious morning I have seen Flatter the mountaintops with sovereign eye, Kissing with golden face the meadows green, Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy, Anon permit the basest clouds to ride With ugly rock on his celestial face And from the forlorn world his visage hide, Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace. Even so my sun one early morn did shine With all-triumphant splendor on my brow. But out, alack. he was but one hour mine, The region cloud hath masked him from me now Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth, Suns of the world may stain when heaven's sun staineth....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Warnings in Shakespeare's Sonnet 95

- Warnings in Shakespeare's Sonnet 95        William Shakespeare is the master of subtle humor and sexual puns.  In his "Sonnet 95," a poem to a blond young man, both are seen while pointing out a couple of realities about sexual sin.  He speaks directly to a young man whose physical beauty compensates for his lack of sexual morality.     Shakespeare would like for this young man to realize that his handsomeness is the sole aspect of his person that prevents absolute disapproval of his behavior in other people, and he also wants him to be aware of the ultimate consequences of his actions.  Through a clever use of diction, imagery, and meter in a typical Shakespearia...   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Essay: Analysis of Sonnet 95

- Analysis of Sonnet 95 How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame Which, like a canker in the fragrant rose, Doth spot the beauty of thy budding name. Oh, in what sweets dost thou thy sins enclose. That tongue that tells the story of thy days, Making lascivious comments on thy sport, Cannot dispraise but in a kind of praise. Naming thy name , blesses an ill report. Oh what a mansion have those vices got Which for thy habitation chose out thee, Where beauty's veil doth cover every blot And all things turns to fair that eyes can see....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Wordsworth’s Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

- Wordsworth’s Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 The sonnet, “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802,” shows Wordsworth’s appreciating the beauty of London and demonstrating it as “emotion recollected in tranquility.” It’s characteristic of his love for solitude that it is set in the early morning when there is no bustle and noise. Wordsworth is in awe of the scenic beauty of the morning sun radiating from London’s great architectural marvels. However, there are numerous religious connotations throughout this poem....   [tags: Wordsworth Composed Upon Westminster Bridge]

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Structure And Theme Of William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 116

- Structure and theme can hardly exist without the other in sonnet writing. Poets utilize (or, in some cases, do not utilize) the form of sonnets to make statements and further the effectiveness of their writing. Rhyme scheme, meter, and all structural elements become the metaphorical blocks for which compelling topics stand on. Although what the writer attempts to get across carries great importance, as does the form these words take on. Form, therefore, must contribute to the themes in different, but still necessary, ways....   [tags: Poetry, Rhyme scheme, Sonnet, Love]

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William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18

- Keeping love alive is not easy. One knows that life eventually comes to an end, but does love. Time passes and days must end. It is in "Sonnet 18", by Shakespeare, that we see a challenge to the idea that love is finite. Shakespeare shows us how some love is eternal and will live on forever in comparison to a beautiful summer's day. Shakespeare has a way of keeping love alive in "Sonnet 18", and he uses a variety of techniques to demonstrate how love is more brilliant and everlasting than a summer's day....   [tags: Shakespeare Sonnet]

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Analysis of Sonnet 73

- [Line 1]* - 'that time of year' being late autumn or early winter. [Line 2]* - Compare the line to Macbeth (5.3.23) "my way of life/is fall'n into the sere, the yellow leaf". [Line 4]* - 'Bare ruin'd choirs' is a reference to the remains of a church or, more specifically, a chancel, stripped of its roof and exposed to the elements. The choirs formerly rang with the sounds of 'sweet birds'. Some argue that lines 3 and 4 should be read without pause -- the 'yellow leaves' shake against the 'cold/Bare ruin'd choirs' ....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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William Wordsworth 's Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey

- Romantic poets have a deep appreciation for the nature that surrounds them and are able to see passed the superficial parts of life in order to see what nature has to offer. The poem “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey” by William Wordsworth is a prime example of romanticism. Wordsworth uses this poem to express to deep love for nature and how nature was able to completely change his life for the better. He uses love of nature, spontaneity and freedom, importance of commonplace, and supernatural forces to help the reader better understand nature....   [tags: Romanticism, William Wordsworth, Romantic poetry]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Sonnet 12 From Astrophil And Stella '

- ... This means that all of the things he is describing are not because of any action on Stella’s part, but because of Cupid, or the narrator’s lust at seeing her. This takes away her agency, making the flirtation one sided, as she is doing nothing to encourage his love, and that what he finds lovely about her he finds because of his own reactions to her body. There is also the sordid potential double meaning in “lips swell” which could imply a more intimate view than those lips on her face. This takes what seems to be an admiration from afar into a sexual fantasy of literally conquering her body....   [tags: Sonnet, Poetry, Love, Poetic form]

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Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality

- Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality The fifth stanza of Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” is especially interesting to me because of the images it presents. It is at this point in the poem that Wordsworth resumes his writing after a two-year hiatus. In the fourth stanza, he poses the question, “Whither is fled the visionary gleam?” Stanza five is the beginning of his own answers to that question. Contrary to popular enlightenment ideas, Wordsworth suggests that rather than become more knowledgeable with age, man if fact is born with “vision splendid” and as he ages, that vision “dies away” and he left empty....   [tags: Wordsworth Ode immortality intimations Essays]

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Life Struggling Against Death in Shakespeare's Sixtieth Sonnet (Sonnet 60)

- Life Struggling Against Death in Shakespeare's Sixtieth Sonnet (Sonnet 60) Shakespeare's sixtieth sonnet is probably addressed to the same young, male friend to whom most or all of the earlier sonnets are said to be addressed. The sonnet does not specify this, however, so it could be to anyone or everyone. The theme is certainly universal; time steals human life away, but poetry is immortal. The poet uses diction and imagery to paint a picture of life struggling against death and losing.             The speaker of the sonnet tells the audience in the first quatrain that human life is fleeting....   [tags: Sonnet Essays]

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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 65

- Analysis of Sonnet 65 Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea, But sad mortality o'ersways their power, How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower. Oh how shall summer's honey breath hold out Against the wrackful siege of battering days, When rocks impregnable are not so stout Nor gates of steel so strong but time decays. Oh fearful meditation. where, alack, Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid. Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Use of Literary Techniques in Milton's Sonnet

- Use of Literary Techniques in Milton's Sonnet At the prime of his life, Milton was struck with blindness. As a result of this tragedy, Milton created a sonnet about his blindness. He questioned the meaning of this tragedy, of the future, and God for his blindness within the sonnet. Within Milton's sonnet about his blindness: figurative language, personification, his intent and prosody are adopted to  convey his questions and heart felt acceptance of his blindness.             Milton uses figurative language to express his grievances and discontent....   [tags: Milton Sonnet]

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Egotism and Love in Shakespeare's Sonnet 42

- Egotism and Love in Shakespeare's Sonnet 42      William Shakespeare's sonnets deal with two very distinct individuals: the blond young man and the mysterious dark-haired woman. The young man is the focus of the earlier numbered sonnets while the latter ones deal primarily with the dark-haired woman. The character of the young man and a seductive mistress are brought together under passionate circumstances in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 42." The sexual prowess of the mistress entangles both Shakespeare and the young man in her web of flesh....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 154

- Analysis of Sonnet 154 The little Love-god lying once asleep Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand, Whilst many nymphs that vow'd chaste life to keep Came tripping by; but in her maiden hand The fairest votary took up that fire Which many legions of true hearts had warm'd, And so the General of hot desire Was sleeping by a virgin hand disarm'd. This brand she quenched in a cool well by, Which from Love's fire took heat perpetual, Growing a bath and healthful remedy For men diseas'd....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Essay on the Artful Paradox of Sonnet 66

- In sonnet 66, Shakespeare creates a paradoxical difficulty for himself as a poet. As Helen Vendler points out, the censorship described in line 9 necessitates an absence of art from the poem (309-10), yet coevally Shakespeare must keep the reader interested. He straddles this problem by speeding the tempo, creating questions in the reader’s mind, and representing intense emotions-- all through apparently artless techniques. Most obtrusively, both sound technique and constant end-stoppage speed this poem’s tempo in an apparently craft less way....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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- Analysis of Sonnet 97 How like a winter hath my absence been From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year. What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!- What old December's bareness everywhere. And yet this time remov'd was summer's time,- The teeming autumn big with rich increase Bearing the wanton burthen of the prime, Like widow'd wombs after their lords' decease: Yet this abundant issue seem'd to me But hope of orphans, and unfather'd fruit; For summer and his pleasures wait on thee, And thou away the very birds are mute: Or if they sing, 'tis with so dull a cheer That leaves look pale, dreading the winter's near....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Essay on Millay's Relationships in Sonnet xxxi

- Millay's Relationships in Sonnet xxxi        In his 1967 book, Edna St. Vincent Millay, James Gray writes that "the theme of all her [Millay's] poetry is the search for the integrity of the individual spirit" (Gray 6). While searching for the uniqueness of the individual spirit, Millay's poetry, especially "Sonnet xxxi", becomes interested in how the individual works when it is involoved in a relationship and must content with the power struggles which occur within that relationship. Power struggles occur on many levels, but Millay works in "Sonnet xxxi" with the decision of a partner to deny her individuality in order to provide harmony within the couple....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Shakespeare's Rebuttal to Possibilities in Sonnet 96

- Shakespeare's Rebuttal to Possibilities in Sonnet 96       Shakespeare's apostrophic "Sonnet 96," one of the sonnets written to the blond young man, is arranged similar to a rebuttal in an argument or debate." In the first three quatrains, he describes several possibilities, such as the youth's winning nature and potential for mischief, only to refute them in the couplet." He begins with concise one-line points in the first quatrain, moves to a comparison utilizing the entire quatrain in the second, and transitions to two-line arguments in the final quatrain, evoking the idea of a logical, organized argument." Along with reason, however, are the romantic tones of the couplet, whi...   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Free Essay: Metaphors in Sonnet 73

- Metaphors in Sonnet 73  "Sonnet 73" by William Shakespeare contains many metaphors to form a descriptive image. Shakespeare used conceits, which are "fanciful extended metaphors" (567), used in love poems of earlier centuries. Shakespeare used these beautifully in "Sonnet 73." A metaphor is a "brief, compressed comparison that talks about one thing as if it were another" (554). Shakespeare expresses three major metaphors in this sonnet. The first is about age, the second about death, and of course, love follows....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 55

- Analysis of Sonnet 55 Not marble, nor the gilded monuments Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme; But you shall shine more bright in these contents Than unswept stone besmear'd with sluttish time. When wasteful war shall statues overturn, And broils root out the work of masonry, Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn The living record of your memory. 'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room Even in the eyes of all posterity That wear this world out to the ending doom....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 118

- Analysis of Sonnet 118 Like as, to make our appetites more keen, With eager compounds we our palate urge; As to prevent our maladies unseen We sicken to shun sickness when we purge: Even so, being full of your ne'er cloying sweetness, To bitter sauces did I frame my feeding; And, sick of welfare, found a kind of meetness To be diseas'd ere that there was true needing.j Thus policy in love, to anticipate The ills that were not, grew to faults assur'd, And brought to medicine a healthful state Which, rank of goodness, would by ill be cur'd: But thence I learn, and find the lesson true, Drugs poison him that so fell sick of you....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Essay on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73

- Interpretation of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73 Sonnet 73 is a meditation on mortality, and yet it can be interpreted in a number of ways. The first such interpretation is that the author of the poem is speaking to someone else about his own death that will inevitably come in the future. This interpretation has the poem focused on the author, and his focus and concern over himself. This makes him seem very selfish, because we are all going to die sooner or later, and it does not do any good to dwell on or complain about it....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Eroticism and Mortality in Shakespeare's Sonnet 73

- Eroticism and Mortality in Shakespeare's Sonnet #73 William Shakespeare's sonnet cycle is famous with its rich metaphorical style.  The depth of each sonnet comes from its multilayered meanings and images, which are reinforced by its structure, sound, and rhythm.  Sonnet #73 provides an excellent example.  This sonnet shows the speaker's agony over human mortality and, moreover, his/her way of coping with it in an effective way.  The speaker, especially in terms of his cognizance of time, experiences dramatic changes in two ways: (1) from time measured by quantity to time as quality,  (2) from cyclical time to a linear one.  These changes, manifested by a set of images (autumn, twili...   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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The Sonnet Form and its Meaning: Shakespeares Sonnet 65

- The Sonnet Form and its Meaning: Shakespeare Sonnet 65            The sonnet, being one of the most traditional and recognized forms of poetry, has been used and altered in many time periods by writers to convey different messages to the audience. The strict constraints of the form have often been used to parallel the subject in the poem. Many times, the first three quatrains introduce the subject and build on one another, showing progression in the poem. The final couplet brings closure to the poem by bringing the main ideas together....   [tags: William Shakespeare Sonnet 65 Essays]

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- Analysis of Sonnet 5 Those hours that with gentle work did frame The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell Will play the tyrants to the very same, And that unfair which fairly doth excel: For never-resting time leads summer on To hideous winter and confounds him there, Sap check'd with frost, and lusty leaves quite gone, Beauty o'ersnow'd and bareness everywhere: Then were not summer's distillation left A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass, Beauty's effect with beauty were bereft, Nor ir nor no remembrance what it was....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Free Essay: Analysis of Sonnet 12

- Analysis of Sonnet 12 When I do count the clock that tells the time, And see the brave day sunk in hideous night: When I behold the violet past prime, And sable curls o'er-silver'd all with white; When lofty trees I see barren of leaves, Which erst from heat did canopy the herd, And summer's green all girded up in sheaves Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard: Then of thy beauty do I question make That thou among the wastes of time must go, since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake, And die as fast as they see others grow; And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence save breed to brave him when he takes thee hence....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Dissolution Versus Debauchery in Sonnet 96

- Dissolution Versus Debauchery in Sonnet 96       The sonnets of William Shakespeare chronicle the conflicts of love and lust between the blond young man and the dark-haired lady. In Sonnet 96, Shakespeare acts as an apologist on behalf of the blond young man as he concludes his discourse on the young man's character." Here the poet presents a picture of the young man as a misguided youth caught up in youthful indiscretion, rather than a rapacious beast prowling for prey. Shakespeare illustrates the inherent differences between dissolution and debauchery as he declares that upon first glance all is not as it appears; therefore, the young man's character must be examined in greater...   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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Free Essay: Analysis of Sonnet 64

- Analysis of Sonnet 64 When I have seen by Time's fell hand defac'd The rich proud cost of outworn buried age; When sometime lofty towers I see down raz'd, And brass eternal slave to mortal rage; When I have seen the hungry ocean gain Advantage on the kingdom of the shore, And the firm soil win of the watery main, Increasing store with loss and loss with store: When I have seen such interchange of state, Or state itself confounded to decay, Ruin hath tought me thus to ruminate- That Time will come and take my love away....   [tags: Sonnet essays]

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