In William Shakespeare’s “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day,” the speaker vividly describes the never ending beauty of his friend. As the speaker colorfully paints a picture of his beloved, he remarks on the everlasting image his friend beholds through the use of the progression of nature. As the sonnet develops, it is evident that the speaker wants to ensure that his friend will remain in human memory until the end of time. With each new quatrain, the poem expands on the deep affection of the speaker for his friend, through a heartfelt promise of an infinite life of exquisiteness. In the first quatrain, the speaker introduces his feelings by trying to find something that is equivalent to his friend. The first two lines are an example of the speaker’s thought process. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? / Though art more lovely and more temperate:” (lines 1-2). Here, the speaker realizes that his friend is more gentle and captivating than summer itself! The speaker feels like his friend’s temper and personality deserve a better portrayal. He continues on with his expressions by trying to discover a more fitting representation of his friend. The following two lines are another example the speaker has conjured. “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, / And summer’s lease hath all too short a date” (3-4). Here, the speaker declares that summer destroys nature’s true beauty; therefore it is too cruel and harsh to describe his friend. Also, summer is too short of a timeframe and an inadequate interpretation of his feelings. In the second and third quatrain, the speaker expands at trying to capture the splendor of beauty of his friend by discovering other entities to compare. He does so by the use of the true course of nature. He transitions from one extreme to the next until he can find the perfect median. These two lines are a continuance of the evolvement of his pursuit. “Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, / And often is his gold complexion dimmed;” (5-6). Now, the speaker is comparing his friend to the sun. At times, the sun is too hot, the weather variant of that would be the cloudy, muggy, rainy days where the sun does not shine. The speaker considers this unfavorable because his friend is never too bright or dull in apparent. He proclaims that his friend is far more admirable than nature. This is
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…
Exploring sonnet 130
In my eyes the whole idea Shakespeare had behind writing this sonnet was to portray an image of the dark lady that showed her in a negative light for pretty much all of the sonnet. The funny thing is that although he spends 12 of the 14 lines pretty much destroying her, he takes the last two lines to throw some positivity in there, which I guess is supposed to keep the audience guessing about how he truly feels about her. I see a common theme…
William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 71
William Shakespeare is one of the most well-known writers of all time. His sonnets are timeless and his plays are performed again and again. Much of his history is known, but can also be considered a little cloudy. He seemed to be a sarcastic man not necessarily loved by all. I enjoy his plays, but personally love his sonnets best of all. Knowing the controversy surrounding his life, “Sonnet 71” offers a slight insight into all of that.
“Sonnet 71” is part of a…
I, Being a Woman and Distressed
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sonnet “I, Being a Woman and Distressed” focuses on the reasons and emotions. Through its central symbol, the poem establishes the opposition between the justification and the personal desire to engage in sexual activities. Subtly, it criticizes the feministic views on abstinence.
Women abstain from sex because they feel as if…
Shakespeare is renowned for his dramatic works, he is the most accessible playwright; adults and children both educated and uneducated can appreciate his contribution to the cannon. However, his sonnets can also be considered as an important contribution to poetry. Use his sequence of sonnets to compare and contrast the style and tone of both his plays and poetic works to describe his cultural significance to a modern audience.
Muse, Patron, Lover - Shakespeare had all three but were they all…
works and thus despair at his greatness, the whole area was just covered with flat sand. All that is left is the wrecked statue.
"Ozymandias" is a fourteen-line, iambic pentameter sonnet. It is not a traditional one, however. Although it is neither a Petrarchan sonnet nor a Shakespearean sonnet, the rhyming scheme and style resemble a Petrarchan sonnet more, particularly with its 8-6 structure rather than 4-4-4-2.
Here we have a speaker learning from a traveler about a giant, ruined…
E.E. Cummings poem analysis
Since E. E. Cummings rarely used titles, all those poems without titles will be identified by reference to the Index of First Lines in Complete Poems, 1913-1962. An analysis of Cummings’s poetry turns, for the most part, on judgments about his innovative, highly personal versification. Some of Cummings’s critics have thought his techniques to be not only cheap and shallow tricks but also ultimately non poetic. There was, from the early stages of his career, general agreement…
no longer be afraid of you
14 Future, I will pass you for I have to.
We decided as a group to go with the form of Shakespearean sonnet. This style of sonnet, to us, is much simpler, with its “ababcdcdefefgg” rhyme scheme. The division of stanzas also fit well with our idea of the theme of the poem. At first we worried about what our sonnet would be about because it seemed like we had nothing in common. After a few minutes of intense brainstorming, all of us came to the conclusion…
not simple fields to understand; in fact, when students study those topics they are able to develop a vital skill which is best known as critical thinking. Shakespeare with his sonnets is a great example to support how hard is to get a piece of his work without developing a process of critical thinking. Shakespeare sonnets were written during the renaissance time, approximately six hundred years ago, and they are still a valuable work for our generation. What makes them so good, but so hard to understand…
IL Prete Rossio; the Four Seasons
With the birth of what we know today as the Baroque era, several new approaches to
composition were taking place. Probably the most influential change was the use of affections;
that is the portrayal of emotions through art, poetry, drama, and music. At this point in history
we began to see a huge shift in the way people wrote and performed music. Composers began
taking many more liberties than before this time and public performances…