Compare Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare and the Glasgow Sonnet by Essays

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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. The majority of these sonnets were mainly based upon love or insincere compliments. The Elizabethan sonnets are usually of the lyrical in content and differ in structure. This indefinably differs from the modern style of…show more content…
Right through this sonnet Shakespeare keeps picking and making fun of every aspect of his wife’s looks. The way in which this is done by Shakespeare is by firstly mentioning something that is of natural beauty and then saying that his wife is the complete opposite. An example in which Shakespeare does this is when he says ‘if snow be white, why then her breasts are dun’. He is saying that his mistress’s breasts are far from being snow white. Shakespeare carries on with this negative imagery, he moves away from the visual side and goes onto the senses of hearing and smelling. Shakespeare says that her breath reeks and that her voice is far from being musical, so she is hard to talk to. The whole tone of this sonnet is ironic. Shakespeare keeps talking about all her let downs when it comes to beauty and so compares it to something wonderful but then always brings it down. Shakespeare unlike other poets would usually say great things about there partners, so would describe them to such things as the sun. Shakespeare clearly loves this woman and so they are able to play about. This is why the tone of this sonnet is light-hearted and the imagery is devout and non-figurative in quality. The imagery is about life and possessions. To set the mood there is definitely a great dependence on the sound effects to have that slight isolation

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