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  • Sonnets In Shakespeare's Sonnets

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    Sonnets are known for its rigid format and being the hoard of poets’ flowery love confessions and tormenting heartache. While most poets generally stick to that cliche topic of love and the traditional English or Petrarchan structures, sonnets are not defined by these archetypal features. Both Shakespeare’s “My mistress’ eyes are…” and Collins’s “Sonnet” satirically defy those typical sonnets. However both poems differ, as Shakespeare follows the standard English sonnet style and parodies the classic

  • Sonnet

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    The Spenserian Sonnet was named for Edmund Spenser 1552-1599, a 16th century English Poet. The Spenserian Sonnet inherited the tradition of the declamatory couplet of Wyatt / Surrey although Spenser used Sicilian quatrains to develop a metaphor, conflict, idea or question logically, with the declamatory couplet resolving it. Beyond the prerequisite for all sonnets, the defining features of the Spenserian Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of 3 Sicilian quatrains (4 lines alternating rhyme) and

  • Drayton's Sonnet 130 And The Petrarchan Sonnet

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    (Italian) sonnet was a literary importation introduced by Sir Thomas Wyatt during the 16th century English Renaissance (Sarker, 39). The Petrarchan sonnet follows an Italian rhyme scheme. As Wyatt soon discovered, the rhyme schemes used in the Italian sonnet are difficult to find when writing in English (Sarker, 40). Due to this discrepancy, adaptations of the Italian form led to the development of the English or Shakespearean sonnet. Despite structural alterations, the English sonnet upholds Petrarchan

  • The Importance Of A Sonnets

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    have decided to write a sonnet using all of the techniques that are required to create a successful and meaningful sonnet. I am also writing this letter to you to explain the significance of a sonnet. To explain this to you, I will be using the example of an Shakespearean sonnet, which is the most simple and flexible form of all the sonnets, to tell you why sonnets are important and why they need to be written. The Shakespearean sonnet that I will be talking about is Sonnet 18, “Shall I compare thee

  • British Sonnets

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    The British sonnets “To Sleep” and “Come Sleep! O Sleep, the certain knot of peace”, written by John Keats and Sir Phillip Sidney respectively, contain many similarities and a few distinct differences. They both are about the act of falling to sleep and the many beneficial thing that come from sleeping. Both of these sonnets are also very moving in their exquisite use of an assortment of literary techniques. However, these sonnets differ in the tone in which they are written, the speed at which they

  • Sonnet 75

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    Both Spenser 's Sonnet 75 and Shakespeare 's Sonnet 19 similarly claim to bestow immortality upon the beloved. Despite similar themes, however, these sonnets contrast sharply. Spenser 's sonnet ostensibly reports a conversation between the poet and his beloved, whereas Shakespeare 's sonnet directly addresses personified time, and shows the greater dramatic flair. Spenser 's first two words, "One day", eschew drama by setting his poem in a vague and unparticularised past. Line 1 tells

  • The Sonnets Of Shakespeare 's Sonnets

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    There are 154 sonnets Shakespeare wrote, though it is popularly theorized that he himself did not publish them; they were published by a man named Thomas Thorpe, who is said to have stolen the sonnets. This explains the unrefined lines found in several of the sonnets. More evidence for this theory stems from the idea that Shakespeare’s heterosexuality had to be proven by publishing the sonnets and claiming that each one about romance was written for or about women. It is not known what Shakespeare’s

  • Sonnet Analysis

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    Reclaiming the Sonnet: Cummings and Millay’s Contemporary Use of the Classical Poetic Form Fourteen lines, iambic pentameter, rhyme scheme-- the classical form of the sonnet has been employed by poets since the thirteenth century. Whether the Italian Petrarchan, the English Shakespearean or other variations on the quatorzain, some of the most widely-read poets have risen to fame as sonneteers. Typically sonnets address romantic love or lust, but occasionally poets will lyrically meditate on nature

  • Sonnet 146

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    Sonnet 146 is well known for its deeply intriguing religious aspect, as it is one of Shakespeare’s religious sonnets and almost the only religious one. It is religious as its tone mentions its concern with heaven, asceticism and also the progress of the soul all through out the sonnet. The idea that the poet was trying to convey to his audience is that the body exists at the expense of the soul, so that adorning or worrying about its beauty can only be accomplished at the souls expense. The poem

  • Sonnet 138

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    order for a poem to be classified as a sonnet, it must meet certain structural requirements, and Sonnet 138, "When my love swears that she is made of truth," is a perfect example. Shakespeare employs the traditional rhyme scheme of the English sonnet, the poem is made up of three quatrains and a rhyming couplet, and iambic pentameter is the predominant meter. However, it would be an error to approach this poem as a traditional Shakespearean love sonnet. It is a ‘love' poem in the sense that

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