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Description of Different Feelings in Sonnets - Description of Different Feelings in Sonnets In this essay, I am going to look in detail at three sonnets showing very different feelings. I will show all the main features and try to explain what the writers were trying to show and underline in there sonnets. Each of the three sonnets I have chosen are by different writers and also from different centuries, I have decided to look at ‘God’s Grandeur’ by G.M Hopkins, ‘Death be Not Proud’ by John Donne and also ‘Shall I Compare thee to a Summer’s Day’ by William Shakespeare....   [tags: Papers] 1531 words
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The Great Gatsby and E. Browning Sonnets - ‘The Great Gatsby’ was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in, and set, in America during the 1920’s. Like all literature, this novel reflects the time period in which it was written; that is, the American Dream and its decline, social classes and the difference between them, along with World War I. The Elizabeth Browning Sonnets were written during the Romantic era. This was a period of great change and emancipation, which is unmistakably evident in E. Browning’s sonnets. Both Fitzgerald and E. Browning use a multitude of techniques throughout their texts....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 1597 words
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Analysis of Shakespeare’s and Frost’s Poetry of Sonnets - Whenever you hear the name William Shakespeare, your mind automatically think of his dramatic plays, like Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare is also a poet, which he has won recognition for in his time. Robert Frost is also one of the most recognized poets or authors of any literary period. Shakespeare is an important literary figure of the Western world, who, during the Elizabethan period; composed numerous plays that still dominate the theaters to this day (Wikipedia). Frost was an American poet....   [tags: Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Helium, mistres]
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Sonnets and Poems of Wordsworth and Milton - Sonnets and Poems of Wordsworth and Milton Sonnets are poems that have fourteen lines that usually have a recognized rhyming scheme. A sonnet generally has two sections; with the first section normally having eight lines and the second section having six. The rhythm in each line of the sonnet can also apply with sonnet traditions and the syllables (which is counted in feet) can define which tradition it is - French, Italian or English. Sonnets were commonly written in the sixteenth to eighteenth century and often written to express emotions of happiness, sadness, and love or written for someone in particular by request....   [tags: Papers] 1178 words
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Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets - In Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets, Smith uses nature as a vehicle to express her complex emotions and yearning for a renewal of her spirit. Utilizing the immortal characteristics of spring and the tempestuous nature of the ocean, Smith creates a poetic world that is both a comfort and a hindrance to her tortured soul. Even while spring can provide her with temporary solace and the ocean is a friend in her sorrow, both parts of nature constantly remind her of something that she will never be able to accomplish: the renewal of her anguished spirit and complete happiness in life once more....   [tags: sensibility, nature, emotions]
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Copmaring Shakespeare's Sonnets 116 and 147 - Copmaring Shakespeare's Sonnets 116 and 147 Light/Dark. Comfort/Despair. Love/Hate. These three pairs of words manage to sum up William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 116" and "Sonnet 147," while also demonstrating the duality of Shakespeare's heart. "Sonnet 116" reveals to a careful reader the aspects of Shakespeare's concept of what ideal love is. However, "Sonnet 147" shows the danger of believing in this ideal form of love. These two sonnets perfectly complement and clarify each other while also giving the reader insight into William Shakespeare's life....   [tags: Papers] 1485 words
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The Sidney's and Their Love Stories - The Sidney’s and Their Love Stories There is an obvious connection between the sonnet sequence of Lady Mary Worth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus and Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella. Not only are these sonnets sequence are similar because they are about two lovers, but there are also many sonnets from both sequences that can be related in context, rhyme and emotions. In particular sonnet seven in Pamphilia to Amphilanthus and sonnet fifty-three in Astrophil and Stella are relatable in several aspects....   [tags: Sonnets, Poetic Analysis, Comparisons]
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Emotional Versus Physical: The Struggle in Words - Known as one of the most influential and important English Renaissance authors, William Shakespeare paved the path for sonnet writers and modern poets. Shakespeare is the author of 37 plays and 154 sonnets. Each sonnet deals with personal themes and can work collectively as a story or individually. The first 126 of the sonnets are addressed to a young nobleman, while the rest are addressed to a woman known as the ‘dark lady’. In Sonnet 27, the narrator has returned from a long journey, tired, but unable to sleep, because he is plagued with thoughts about his relationship and visions of the subject....   [tags: shakespeare, sonnets, figurative language] 770 words
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The Principal Characters of Shakespeare's Sonnets - One of the many intriguing aspects of Shakespeare's Sonnets is the identity of the principal characters within them, of which there are three: - The Young Man - The Dark Lady - The Rival Poet Nowhere in the Sonnets are these people explicitly identified and their anonymity has spawned much debate as to who these people could have been. The content of the Sonnets that refer to these people however, undoubtedly show that these were indeed real, living people and not imaginary inventions by the author for the sake of literary exercise....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Sonnets] 380 words
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The Use of Sonnets in 20th Century Poetry - The Use of Sonnets in 20th Century Poetry Works Cited Missing In my discussion of literary tradition in the 20th century with specific reference to Shakespearean and Patrarchan sonnet formats, three post 1914 sonnets will be chosen from the poems we have been studying at school for comparison and analysis of the different formats and how they add meaning to the sonnets....   [tags: Papers] 1202 words
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Time, Love, and Poetry in Shakespearian Sonnets - Show how Shakespeare writes about time, love and poetry in these sonnets. (Sonnet 18, 73, 104). William Shakespeare is probably the most well known writer in the English speaking world. His plays have become classics and have been translated into many languages. Who doesn’t know the story of Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet. Shakespeare’s unique styles of writing and passionate poetic verses are the factors that make him distinctive of the writers of his era. One of the things that make him so exceptional is the way he makes words flow by blending their rhythms and at the same time creating perfect quatrains....   [tags: essays research papers] 600 words
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Shakespeare?s Sonnets: The Theme Of Love - 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. 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. The vogue of the sonnet in the Elizabethan age was brief but was very intense....   [tags: essays research papers] 1232 words
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Sonnets - Sonnets Sonnets are as the dictionary confirms poems with set rhythmic patterns and Shakespeare's' were no exception. NEARLY ALL SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS ARE WRITTEN IN THE SAME FORM AND HAVE THE SAME RHYME SCHEME All his sonnets were 14 lines long and these 14 lines were then broken down to three quatrains (four line verse) and one Couplet (two line verse). Within each verse there was a set rhythm and the rhythm that Shakespeare used was known as an iambic pentameter. EACH LINE is HAS 10 syllables....   [tags: Free Essays] 369 words
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Comparing the Sonnets of Petrarchan and Shakespearean in Style, Structure and Subject Approach - Shakespeare and Petrarch, two poets popular for their contributions on the issue of love, both tackle the subject of their work through sonnet, yet there are key contrasts in their style, structure, and in the way, each approaches their subjects. Moreover, it is clear that in "Sonnet 130," Shakespeare in fact parodies Petrarch's style and thoughts as his storyteller describes his mistress, whose "eyes are in no way as the sun" (Shakespeare 1918). Shakespeare seems, by all accounts, to mock the exaggerated descriptions expanded throughout Petrarch’s piece by giving an English poem portraying the speaker’s love in terms that are characteristic of a flawed woman not a goddess....   [tags: classic, sonnetes]
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Love in Shakespeare's Sonnets 18 and 130 - Almost four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare's work continues to live on through his readers. He provides them with vivid images of what love was like during the 1600's. Shakespeare put virtually indescribable feelings into beautiful words that fit the specific form of the sonnet. He wrote 154 sonnets; all of which discuss some stage or feature of love. Love was the common theme during the time Shakespeare was writing. However, Shakespeare wrote about it in such a way that captivated his reader and made them want to apply his words to their romances....   [tags: Poetry] 710 words
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Shakespearen Sonnets - Shakespearen Sonnets William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors of all times. His works span a wide range of formats, styles, and themes. While best known for plays, such as the tragedy "Romeo and Juliet," he was also a composer of poetry. To many people, these poems constitute the greatest of Shakespeare's accomplishments. They were often highly emotional in nature, and dealt with timeless ideas such as beauty, love, and death. Each one of the poems is unique. Yet for all their differences, many of the poems share common themes and ideas about life....   [tags: Papers] 879 words
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SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS - A sonnet is a lyric poem of fourteen lines, following one of several set of rhyme-schemes. Critics of the sonnet have recognized varying classifications, but the two characteristic sonnet types are the Italian type (Petrarchan) and the English type (Shakespearean). Shakespeare is still nowadays seen as in idol in English literature. No one can read one of his works and be left indifferent. His way of writing is truly fascinating. His sonnets, which are his most popular work, reflect several strong themes....   [tags: Shakespeare, Analysis] 815 words
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Wordsworth’s Sonnets and Technology - Wordsworth’s Sonnets and Technology In William Wordsworth’s sonnets "The World Is Too Much With Us" and "London 1802," he describes his society as being too dependent on technology. In Wordsworth’s time, the 1800’s, new phases of technology, such as electricity to run machines, were booming and people were relying more on them. With these new innovations, Wordsworth was convinced that people would stop appreciating nature while allowing technology to run their lives. In "London 1802," Wordsworth describes how people are becoming more dependent on technology and how they have left behind their ancestors' heritage: "England have forfeited their ancient English dower"(5)....   [tags: Wordsworth] 540 words
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THE PERSEPTION OF PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIPS IN THE SONNETS BY GEORGE - THE PERSEPTION OF PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIPS IN THE SONNETS BY GEORGE ELIOT AND SIR WALTER RALEGH 'Brother and Sister' by George Eliot and 'Sir Walter Ralegh to his son' by Sir Walter Ralegh are both sonnets on the subject of Children and Parental Relationships. Despite one sonnet being written by a woman and the other by a man, their relationships with their children are very important to them. They are both Shakespearean sonnets, dealing with the aspects of age and experience. George Eliot is writing as a child and what their mother is saying to them, where as Sir Ralegh is writing as a father and what he is saying to his son....   [tags: English Literature] 959 words
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Shakespearian Love Sonnets - Shakespearian Love Sonnets Whilst reading the play, 'Romeo and Juliet', I encountered many beautiful images of love and many comparisons to objects to highlight a person's beauty. In the play, when Romeo first sees Juliet, he is overwhelmed by her utter beauty. He says: "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright. It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night As a rich jewel in an Ethiop's ear- Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear: So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows." The first line conveys the message that Juliet really stands out from the other people at the party and is so "bright" and beautiful that she teaches torches to burn bright....   [tags: Papers] 1931 words
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A Comparison of Romantic Love in Shakespeare's Sonnets & As You Like It - Shakespeare's Sonnets & Romantic Love in As You Like It       Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It is clearly a pastoral comedy with a country setting, a theme revolving around love and a story which consists of a series of accidental meetings between characters and a resolution involving transformations of characters and divine intervention.  The comedy involves the traditional literary device of moving urban characters into the country where they have to deal with life in a different manner.  Whereas the pastoral comedy was usually a vehicle for satire on corrupted urban values, in this play the satire appears to be directed at the convention of Petrarchan love.(Rosenblum, 86)   Rena...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Elizabethan Sonnets - In Elizabethan Age, the sonnets had advanced into a form with new metric and rhyme scheme that was departing from Petrarchan sonnets. Yet, Elizabethan sonnets still carried the tradition of Petrarchan conceit. Petrarchan conceit was a figure used in love poems consisting detailed yet exaggerated comparisons to the lover's mistress that often emphasized the use of blazon. The application of blazon would emphasize more on the metaphorical perfection of the mistresses due to the natural objects were created by God, hence when the mistresses were better than nature, then there would be nothing better than the mistresses....   [tags: essays research papers] 590 words
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There are many differences between the two sonnets; the first difference - There are many differences between the two sonnets; the first difference is when they were written Christina Rossetti wrote Remember. For my essay I shall be comparing 2 sonnets, one written before 1914 and the other which was written after 1914. A sonnet is a poem but is sorted into two sections, the octave and the sestet. The octave contains eight lines and the sestet contains six lines, so altogether there are fourteen lines in a sonnet. In the octave and the sestet there is always a change of meaning....   [tags: English Literature] 974 words
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Compare William Shakespeare’s Sonnets 12 and 73 - Compare William Shakespeare’s Sonnets 12 and 73 William Shakespeare (1564-1616) wrote a group of 154 sonnets between 1592 and 1597, which were compiled and published under the title 'Shakespeare's Sonnets' in 1609. The 154 poems are divided into two groups, a larger set, consisting of sonnets 1-126 which are addressed by the poet to a dear young man, the smaller group of sonnets 127-154 address another persona, a 'dark lady'. The larger set of sonnets display a deliberate sequence, a sonnet cycle akin to that used a decade earlier by the English poet Phillip Sidney (1554-1586) in 'Astrophel and Stella'....   [tags: Comparing Compare/Contrast] 2308 words
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Love in William Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Romeo and Juliet - Love in William Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Romeo and Juliet First, let’s define “cynical”. According to the Webster’s dictionary of the English language, “cynical” means distrusting or disparaging the motives of others. It is for certain that both the sonnets and Romeo and Juliet have negative views on romantic love. Shakespeare questions and doubts about the love of Romeo and Juliet, or rather, criticize and mock their hasty death. On the other hand, in the sonnets, Shakespeare also questions about whether romantic love as lasting as it seems....   [tags: Papers] 1263 words
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George Meredith’s First Two Sonnets - George Meredith’s First Two Sonnets When we first look at the sonnet there is an obvious difference to usual sonnets, this is because a normal sonnet has a series of quatrains and has 14 lines. Whereas these sonnets are continuous, with the same harsh tone throughout. It is also apparent that they have 16 lines rebelling against the usual 14 lines, this is to imply that nothing is harsh enough to explain love and that a person cannot explain love in words. The first word of the sonnet “It” personifies the night, and instantly implies that he has to struggle through the night....   [tags: Papers] 869 words
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A Journey to Love - Sonnets from the Portuguese are a series of poems expressing the journey that Elizabeth Browning faces along the way of encountering love. This complete set of 44 sonnets, were written in the 1800s during the Victorian age. Unlike its other literary counterparts of this time, the woman plays a dominant role. This is surprising because the male typically is the dominant role and women are usually the hidden force of silence rather than voicing their opinions. The chronicle focuses on the love and devotion that she keeps with her future husband, Robert Browning....   [tags: Sonnets from the Portuguese, Elizabeth Browning]
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The Themes of Love in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Other Poetry - The Themes of Love in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Other Poetry Love poetry has been written for many centuries. The ideas expressed by Shakespeare and Browning are still relevant today. Love is not a tangible thing; it is an emotion so it can be perceived in many different ways. Shakespeare has infamously used sonnets to express his ideas on love. 'Shall I compare thee…?' is a sonnet in which Shakespeare focuses on immortalisation through words. 'Let me not' is another sonnet written by Shakespeare in which he expresses his views and the theme of the strength of love....   [tags: Papers] 1146 words
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The Rising Sun and Death be not Proud by John Donne - ... He extends this metaphor throughout the poem. In the second last line of the poem he says to death: “One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally.” (13). Line 13 completely defeats the purpose of death; it even redefines the word. The speaker is telling death that we will wake up from the sleep of death and experience eternal life. On the dark topic of death, Donne manages to shines a light on humanity on it. The lesson taught in the poem is that there is no need to fear death, because “...Death shall be no more, death thou shalt die!” (14)....   [tags: elizabethan era, sonnets] 2126 words
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Writing and Literature is the Best Way of Expressing Emotions - Writing is arguably the most fluid way of expressing emotion, thought, personality, and wit. One’s thoughts are spread to others, by simply writing them down, and expressing them. Ultimately however, it is how one defines the language that distinguishes genuine individuality of thought. Often times in literature, there is often a common literary structure including certain emotions and thought. This traditional literary structure includes common moods, styles, or emotions as a reflection of the culture of the time period....   [tags: poems, sonnets, metaphysical] 2188 words
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Sensibility and Nature: Charlotte Smith’s Envy of Rejuvenation - In Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets, Smith uses nature as a vehicle to express her complex emotions and yearning for a renewal of her spirit. Utilizing the immortal characteristics of spring and the tempestuous nature of the ocean, Smith creates a poetic world that is both a comfort and a hindrance to her tortured soul. Even while spring can provide her with temporary solace and the ocean is a friend in her sorrow, both parts of nature constantly remind her of something that she will never be able to accomplish: renewing her anguished spirit and becoming happy once more....   [tags: Elegiac Sonnets, spirit]
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Letter from Sidney to Shakespeare: A Comparison of Two Sonnets - Letter from Sidney to Shakespeare: A Comparison of Two Sonnets My Dearest William, I have just returned from seeing your marvelous new tragedy Romeo and Juliet, and I wish to offer my sincere congratulations on another stupendous success. One particular passage from the play has stuck in my mind. In the first act, scene five, Romeo and Juliet exchange a dialogue about a kiss which is in the form of a sonnet. This reminded me of one of my own sonnets: Sonnet #81 of Astrophil and Stella. Your views on the subject of kissing are very interesting, and in many ways parallel my own....   [tags: 81 Play Essays] 940 words
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John Donne’s Holy Sonnets Analysis - John Donne’s Holly Sonnet, as found in any English sonnet, there is a rhyme scheme and a standard meter. Although the rhyme differs a little from the usual Petrarchan sonnet it is still categorized as one, consisting of ABBA ABBA CDDC AE. Throughout existence, there have been many theories regarding exactly what role Death plays in the lives of humans. Some think Death is the ultimate controller of all living things, while others believe it is nothing more than the act of dying, once your time has come....   [tags: essays research papers] 514 words
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Love Sonnets by Sir Thomas Wyatt and Sir Philip Sidney - Love is a difficult thing to express in words in any given language. It is near impossible to convey the paradoxical pain and pleasure of love that sounds dreadfully horrid but simultaneously magical. Most people are often confused and have a hard time figuring and sorting out exactly how they feel and felt about their love and relationship. However, to love someone or be loved by someone is a special gift, and to be able to convey your gratitude for whatever you received out of the relationship is an extremely intense and concentrated task....   [tags: Thomas Wyatt Sir Philip Sidney Poems Essays] 1781 words
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Shakespeare's Ideas About Love in His Sonnets - Shakespeare's Ideas About Love in His Sonnets The two sonnets Shall I Compare Thee and Let Me Not are by William Shakespeare. Love is the main theme of both sonnets. Shall I Compare Thee is written for Shakespeare's love, and it is more personal and cheerful. He takes apart the greatness of a summer's day and compares it to the subject of the poem, but the subject (whom we assume is a 'she') is always more divine and she is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. The sonnet states that the subject is "…more lovely and more temperate…" than the finest summer's day....   [tags: Papers] 871 words
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Lasting Love in Shakespeare - “So it's not gonna be easy. It's gonna be really hard. We're gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day” (Sparks). Being in a relationship is tough now days, and apparently couples in the older times still went through the same types of situations couples today go through. Everyone has their disagreements, and couples never know what life will throw their way. After being with someone for so long, one is bound to have a few fights, but true love perseveres....   [tags: Love, Sonnets, Literary Analysis, Shakespeare]
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Remember by Rossetti - Remember by Rossetti The opening two lines of Rossetti’s sonnet "Remember" introduce the idea of separation, but whether the speaker’s eminent departure is because she has chosen to leave her lover or because she is dying is not immediately clear. As the poem unfolds, the reader understands that death will divide the couple, and the initial hint of that is the phrase "silent land" to describe the place the speaker is going. The words seem to define a cemetery or individual grave more than heaven, and "silent," in particular, implies a dormant state—an existence and a place that are neither joyous nor painful, pleasant nor sad....   [tags: Remember Rossetti Sonnets Love Essays] 490 words
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Shakespeare's Sonnets - Writings by William Shakespeare are perceived as pieces of art that are a reflection of the power, flattery as well as passion that was evident in the monarchy which he was devoted to. The designs that Shakespeare used were geared towards the expression of prestige and elegance of that era. He did so in a manner that was impressive and this catapulted him to the recognition he enjoyed. and power that represent the monarchy in which he served. Shakespeare designed his written with the intention of expressing the elegance and prestige of the monarchy’s era and did so in an impressive manner to achieve his recognition....   [tags: literary analysis, shakespeare]
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The Flea by John Donne - The Flea by John Donne “The Flea”, a witty poem of seduction and conceit, taken from John Donne’s “Songs and Sonets” is the poem that I have chosen to compare to “Song”, another poem of John Donne’s where he is passionately pleading with his wife not to be disheartened about his departure abroad. Both poems which belong to “ Songs and Sonets”, written around the time of the 16th century, show that their title suggests they are both short poems, following the traditional form of a sonnet, consisting of fourteen lines....   [tags: The Flea John Donne Songs and Sonnets Essays] 2360 words
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Did William Shakespeare Write the Plays and Sonnets or Not? - ... De Vere was born into the world of wealth, so he had vast experience of what the real world was and even graduated college. It is said that “De Vere possessed the classical learning and knowledge of the law, music, Italian culture and aristocratic sports that feature so prominently in the Shakespeare canon” (“Edward”). De Vere also wrote poetry and was acknowledged as a playright, just like Shakespeare. To make it even better, Vere was an actor in his own troupe, the “Oxford Boys”. They performed at the Blackfriar theatre, which he owned, and were rivals of The Globe (“De Vere”)....   [tags: pseudonym, authorship debate]
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John Donne Holy Sonnets - John Donne Death is a very complicated subject that people view very differently in different situations. In John Donne’s Holy Sonnets, he writes about death in Meditations X and XVII. Both meditations use many similar rhetorical devices and appeals, but the tones of the meditations are very disparate. Donne’s different messages in Meditations X and XVII convey tones of defiance and acquiescence towards death, respectively. His apparent change of attitude towards death could be accounted for by his differing life situations while he was writing the meditations: mid-life, and near-death....   [tags: essays research papers] 569 words
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The Use of Sound in Shakespeare’s Sonnets - The Use of Sound in Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Barbara Herrnstein Smith This article argues that Shakespeare's use of the meter, or general structure of sounds, in his poetry is as significant to his style as his metaphors, figurative language, and images. Shakespeare used developed techniques, however, he executed them more effectively. Shakespeare was able to execute the iambic to sound natural, similar to natural speech, rather than artificial and mechanical, as it usually sounds. Shakespeare was also able to manipulate words to create musical sounds with combinations and repetitions of vowel and consonant sounds....   [tags: meter and sounds] 374 words
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Biography of Rupert Brooke - ... However, less than a year into the war, Brooke was bitten by a mosquito. The wound became infected, and he eventually died of, sepsis, or blood poisoning. His death was felt throughout Great Britain, prompting even future prime minister Winston Churchill to elegize him, describing Brooke as “all that that one would wish England’s noblest sons to be”(“Rupert Brooke”). Brooke’s memorable poetry emphasizes the themes of romantic love, nature, mortality and his love of country. Indeed, his best known works manage to encompass all of these elements into powerful reflections on the beauty of both life and death....   [tags: the death, the soldiers, sonnets] 850 words
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The Eloquence of "The Master and the Slave Go Hand in Hand" - The poem "The master and the slave go hand in hand" by Edwin Arlington Robinson is an Italian Sonnet demonstrating the power of the sonnet. The title itself enhances the theme of the poem by examining the ultimate use of power between the master and the slave. The theme of the poem is expressing the power and importance of writing the perfect sonnet over the poet. This is developed through the references to the imperial power of a master over a slave, and the literary devices used. An ultimate use of power is shown through the relationship between a master and his slave....   [tags: Poetry] 415 words
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Reader Response to Sydney's Sonnets, Astrophil and Stella - Reader Response to Sydney's Sonnets, Astrophil and Stella As we discussed Astrophil and Stella in class, I felt a familiar knot in my stomach. At first I could not pin-point the reasons for my aversion to these sonnets. However, as we discussed it in class, it became clear to me. I could identify with Penelope Devereux Rich. Although Astrophil and Stella could be interpreted as an innocent set of love sonnets to an ideal woman and not a particular woman, they reminded me of the letters I received last year from a guy, Lee Burt, I had not seen in seven years....   [tags: Reader Response Essays] 1419 words
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William Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser - From the works of William Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser it is clear that some similarities are apparent, however the two poets encompass different writing styles, as well as different topics that relate to each other in their own unique ways. In Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18” and Spenser’s “Sonnet 75”, both poets speak of love in terms of feelings and actions by using different expressive views, allowing the similar topics to contain clear distinctions. Although Edmund Spenser’s “Sonnet 75” and William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18” relate in the sense that love is genuine and everlasting, Spenser suggests love more optimistically, whereas Shakespeare focuses on expressing the beauty and stability of...   [tags: Similarities, Writing Style] 759 words
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Pre –1914 Poetry Comparison on Love - In this compare and contrast essay I will compare four poems in detail and mention two in the passing to find similarities and differences. The poems and sonnets I have chosen to compare are ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning and Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare The two Robert Browning poems, ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘My Last Duchess’ were written in the infamous Victorian Era whereas the two Shakespearean Sonnets were written in the Elizabethan Era. The styles of the poems differ in accordance to the difference of the time in which they were written....   [tags: poetry, robert browning, shakespeare, ] 1410 words
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Theme of Immortality in Literature - For centuries people have desired to transcend the limits of a temporary life, yearning for the ultimately unattainable goal of immortality. Poets have also expressed in their works the desire to remain as they are with their beloved despite time and death. Although William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 55” and Edmund Spenser’s “Sonnet 75” from Amoretti both offer immortality through verse, only Spenser combines this immortality with respect and partnership, while Shakespeare promises himself immortality as long as the sonnet continues to be read....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 1122 words
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