Shakespeare's Sonnets: the Theme of Love

1314 WordsOct 8, 19996 Pages
Shakespeare's poems are the monument of a remarkable genius but they are also the monuments of a remarkable age. The greatness of Shakespeare's achievement was largely made possible by the work of his immediate predecessors, Sidney and Spenser. <br> <br>Shakespeare's sonnets are intensely personal and are records of his hopes and fears, love and friendships, infatuations and disillusions that in turn acquire a universal quality through their intensity. <br> <br>The vogue of the sonnet in the Elizabethan age was brief but was very intense. Sir Thomas Wyatt and The Earl of Surrey brought the Petrarchan sonnet to England and with that an admiration for lyrical poetry. This had major consequences on English verse; it was not only due to the…show more content…
who embodies the Renaissance cult of beauty and youth. Like in sonnet 14 the idea is presented that the Young man is the sole example of the perfect union of truth and beauty. <br> <br>"In him those holy antique hours are seen, <br> Without all ornament." <br> <br>In the sonnets the poet-patron relationship is reflected. These sonnets bring about an expanding awareness of the nature of Love, the realization of what is true Love. Shakespeare was conscious of and disturbed by the dual nature of Human Love, which was both physical and spiritual. He shared the belief that Love between two men would be of a purer form and more lasting. <br> <br>The Dark Lady to whom the latter sonnets were dedicated has remained a source of controversy. She has been considered as the symbol of despair. Even allegorically she is the spirit of Evil and Death. Shakespeare's intimacy with her brought about the acute and intense phase in Shakespeare's life. The sonnets give the whole terrible, sinful, magical story of Shakespeare's passions. Irony and scorn mark the tone of most of the sonnets addressed to her. The intense soul searching reveals the agony of his soul, like in sonnet 142, where is remorseful for entering into a relationship that brought him only a feeling of degradation. <br> <br>"Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate <br> Hate of my sin, grounded on
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