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…
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…
THE PETRARCHAN SONNET
named after the 14th century Italian poet, Petrarch
14 lines, iambic pentameter
Form: Rhyme Scheme
a) an OCTAVE (8 lines) ABBA ABBA
b) a SESTET (6 lines) CDE CDE (or some variation
Content: traditionally about the hopes and pains of an
adoring male lover
: the OCTAVE states the problem, situation
: the SESTET tries…
expresses his ideas in a different way, but there are still some points that need to be discussed. Comparing two sonnets by different authors and analyzing them I can find similar and contrasting features. Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare
A sonnet is a poem of fourteen lines that follows a strict rhyme scheme and specific structure. So the two masterpieces are written in the frames of a sonnet structure and they both have fourteen lines. Another similarity is the presence of a mysterious lyrical hero "she"…
The Sonnet Lady
Shakespeare was a loving and knowledgeable man. I made this observation after reading all one hundred and fifty four of his sonnets. They are all fourteen lines long and some of those are written in iambic pentameter. Sonnet 130, The Lady Sonnet, fascinated me the most. Shakespeare is saying that he knows women are not always good looking as they are described to be and that we should love them anyway. In this sonnet, the tone is unconditional love. Shakespeare talks about his…
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…
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…
the Holy Spirit to deliver from evil and to ensure his salvation.
2. Holy, English, Italian ,Sonnet
Also known as the Divine Meditations or Divine Sonnets which are a series of nineteen poems by the English Poet John Donne. The poem is a holy sonnet a fourteen line poem which uses the rhyme scheme of the Italian Sonnet and the English sonnet which gives the poem when fuse the three types of sonnets is a poetic improvisation and virtuosity.
Batter My Heart, Three…
of ‘fertility’ – an essential quality needed for the progression of life. War entirely contradicts the idea of fertility.
This is a lyric poem (a poem that expresses personal and emotional feelings). It is also a sonnet poem which again, adds a touch of irony, because sonnets are traditionally about love, not death.
Personification: The sun is the central image of the poem. It is presented as a warm, positive, life giving force which brought the earth to life: ‘Woke…
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…