Far On The Sands : A Shakespearean Sonnets

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In the romantic era, British authors and poets focused on nature and its influence. Two of those poets, Charlotte Smith and William Wordsworth, wrote many pieces on the beauty of nature and their personal experiences with the beaches of England. In “Far on the sands” and “It is a beauteous evening,” Smith and Wordsworth describe their respective experiences on the shore at sunset. Both authors use structure, theme, allusions, and imagery to effectively convey their perceptions of nature. While the sonnets share a setting and the topics of nature and tranquility, Smith’s has a focus on introspection and Wordsworth’s is centered around religion. These have different focuses which achieve different effects on the reader. One of the ways…show more content…
Then, in the second half of the octave, he alters it with ACCA rather than a repetition of ABBA. In the closing sestet, he abandons any traditional rhyme scheme for the ending of DEFDFE. Over the course of the poem, the tone changes from quietly appreciative to reverent of nature and the focus switches from admiration of the view and its divinity to an appreciation of that same divinity in a young girl by Wordsworth’s side. Wordsworth shifts from “It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,” to “Thy nature is not therefore less divine:” (ll. 1, 11). This shift in tone and focus after the first octave is emphasized by the unpredictable rhyme scheme. The odd rhyme scheme also creates in the reader an understanding that, to Wordsworth, nature is not something that can be contained by any structure or format. “Far on the sands” is a reflective poem that emphasizes Smith’s heartache. Smith expresses her feelings of anguish through her interpretation of the landscape. The beautiful image of “The sighing summer wind forgets to blow. / As sinks the daystar in the rosy West, / The silent wave, with rich reflection glows;” (ll. 3-5). should inspire some feeling of serenity. Instead, Smith feels bitter that even this beautiful scene cannot soothe her. She states, “Alas! Can tranquil Nature give me rest, / Or scenes of beauty, soothe me to repose?” (ll. 7-8). The focus on Smith’s feelings of torment when viewing the

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