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  • English As Petrarch's Sonnets
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    Sharp 1 Petrarch (1304-1374), Italian poet and humanist, who is considered the first modern poet. His perfection of the sonnet form later influenced such English poets as Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, and Edmund Spenser. His wide knowledge of the classical authors and his restoration of the classical Latin language earned him his reputation as the first great humanist; but he also played an important role in the development of Italian as a literary language. Petrarch was born in Arezzo....
  • Shakespeares Death The English Sonnet
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    Sonnets: An Insight into Shakespeare's Mind During Elizabethan times, 1550-1625, a great writer's explosive way of writing brought forth-new life to poetry. This outstanding poet, author and playwright, was William Shakespeare. Shakespeare wrote fourteen-line poems called sonnets. Although Shakespeare is known for his masterpiece plays, his sonnets are also worthy of this credit. These autobiographical sonnets are tales of love, deception, and betrayal. Although it is presumable that Shakespeare...
  • End Of The Sonnet The Speaker
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    The Holy Sonnets By making many references to the Bible, John Donne's Holy Sonnets reveal his want to be accepted and forgiven by God. A fear of death without God's forgiveness of sins is conveyed in these sonnets. Donne expresses extreme anxiety and fright that Satan has taken over his soul and God won't forgive him for it or his sins. A central theme of healing and forgiveness imply that John Donne, however much he wrote about God and being holy, wasn't such a holy man all of the time and trie...
  • Shakespeare Sonnets
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    William Shakespeares Sonnet 73 That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. In me thou see " st the twilight of such day As after sunset fadeth in the west, Which by-and-by black night doth take away, Death's second self, that seals up all in rest. In me thou see " st the glowing of such fire That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, As the death-bed where...
  • Sonnet 130 In Contradiction To Sonnet 18
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    Sonnet 18 & 130: Comparing and Contrasting Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130, by William Shakespeare, are two of the most well known sonnets he wrote. Both are some-what similar in theme, however, the two poems are very much contradictory in style, purpose, and the muse who which Shakespeare is writing. Both Sonnets have different styles. Sonnet 18 is a much more traditional poem, showing the reader a picture of his muse in the most divine way. Shakespeare uses a complex metaphor of comparing his subject...
  • Second Image In Sonnet 116
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    Comparison of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116 William Shakespeare, in his Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116, sets forth his vision of the unchanging, persistent and immovable nature of true love. According to Shakespeare, love is truly 'till death do us part,' and possibly beyond. Physical infirmity, the ravages of age, or even one's partner's inconstancy have no effect upon the affections of one who sincerely loves. His notion of love is not a romantic one in which an idealized vision of a lover ...
  • Shakespeare's Sonnet 73
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    Shakespeare's Sonnet #73, published in 1609, is written in the Shakespearean or English sonnet style. It consists of three quatrains and one couplet at the end, written in iambic pentameters. Each quatrain has its own rhyme scheme, rhyming in alternating lines. The couplet summarizes the preceding twelve lines. Sonnet 73 appears to contain multiple parallels to death and the person speaking in the poem gives the impression that he is near death and reflecting back upon life. The first quatrain, ...
  • Sonnet In Our Class
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    SONNET In our class we have been discussing sonnet c. Many of my classmates believe that Shakespeare was saying that, although this girl is ugly, he still loves her. While others claim that he was not making any statements about her looks, but instead being realistic. It is my view that he was making a point of claiming that his girlfriend was a regular person and not a mythological goddess. Most people have heard on television or in movies, some guy tell his girlfriend that she has eyes as deep...
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets As Poems
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    Shakespeare's Sonnet Number 126: Critique Shakespeare's sonnets, as poems, have been obscured by the enormous amount of speculation, much of it unjustified, that has grown up around the problems presented by the dedication. The following sonnet is commonly grouped with 125 others that are believed to have been written to a much admired young man, who was Shakespeare's junior in both years and social status. The form in which the poem is written is often referred to as Shakespearean or English fo...
  • Rhyming Scheme Of A Sonnet
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    A poet called Petrarch developed the sonnet form in Italy. It is a poem made up of 14 lines of iambic pentameter. An Italian rhyme scheme is ABBA ABBA in the first octave. The sestet can be CDC DCD which was the original scheme, or CDE CDE. The sonnet was brought to England by Sir Thomas Wyatt and The Earl of Surrey who visited Italy during the Renaissance. Sonnets were originally wrote in Latin but the English poets found the Latin rhyme scheme hard and restrictive in the English language. This...
  • Known For Sonnets From The Portuguese
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    The Life and Times of Elizabeth Barrett Browning During the early nineteenth century, feminists were first coming out into the political forefront. Among them, Elizabeth Barrett Browning emerged as one the greatest woman writers of all time. She wrote of social reform, for the rights of lower classes and women, and for the cause of Italian freedom (Chew 1403). While many aspects and circumstances of life affected her work, she was also able to effect society in many ways. Elizabeth Barrett was b...
  • Sonnet 130 A Very Odd Loving Poem
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    After going through all the Sonnets, I liked Sonnet 130 the most. To be frank enough, I found Sonnet 130 a very odd loving poem. Rather than praising his lover, Shakespeare at first seems to be insulting her. According to him, her eyes do not sparkle like the sun, her skin is grayish-brown rather than white, her lips aren't very red, her cheeks don't have much color, her hair looks like wires, her breath doesn't smell very good and that the sound of her voice certainly isn't as nice to listen to...
  • Sonnet For The Structure Of His Poem
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    Having examined a variety of sonnets, I singled out the following three because, as well as dealing with entirely different subject matter, they show a wide range of different techniques in using the sonnet form. The sonnets I have chosen are, 'The Silken Tent' by Robert frost, 'On His Blindness' by John Milton and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen. In 'The Silken Tent', Robert Frost writes admiringly about a woman he has strong feelings for. He uses the extended simile of a 'silken tent...
  • Sonnet As A Form Of Poem
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    Outline: 1. Brief introduction to Petrarchan sonnet and Shakespearean sonnet. 2. History of Petrarchan sonnet and Shakespearean sonnet. 3. Stylistic features and analysis of Shakespeare!'s sonnet c'uco In the late 1500's it was fashionable for English gentleman authors to write sonnets, i.e. lyric poems composed of fourteen lines, following one or another of several set rhyme-schemes. The sonnet is composed with a formal rhyme scheme, expressing different thoughts, moods, or emotions, sometimes ...
  • New Colossus By Emma Lazarus
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    The "New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus, dedicated in 1886 is a conventional Italian sonnet. Like all sonnets of that kind it treats its theme, the significance of "Liberty enlightening the world" in a descriptive octave and an a encouraging sestet. In the first line the Stature of Liberty is compared to the "brazen giant of Greek", which, as a symbol, stood for power, intimidation and greatness in the past. Other than the ancient symbol the Stature is given positive attributes. It's symbolically des...
  • Great Developments In English Renaissance Poetry
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    English Renaissance: notes for a lecture scheduled for 10 Oct., 2003. When did Renaissance come into being? There is no strict date. Some critics find several qualities of the Renaissance spirit already in Dante's work (13th c); in the 14th c. Petrarch was expressing his grief at the fall of ancient Rome and the end of classical culture, and was dreaming of its return and rebirth (ri nascita). The term Renaissance was used consciously for the first time to describe a broad tendency in 15th and 1...
  • Refers To The Sonnet
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    s 1. Identify the quatrains. Quatrain 1 - lines 1-4 Quatrain 2 - lines 5-8 Quatrain 3 - lines 9-12 2. Identify the rhyming couplet. Rhyming couplet - lines 13-14 3. What is the central idea contained in the three quatrains? The central idea is based on a comparison between the poet's beloved and a summer's day. Each quatrain introduces a new aspect to this comparison. Shakespeare argues that unlike the transient beauty and nature of summer, his beloved's beauty and memory shall never fade. 4. Ho...
  • Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 And Keats Grecian Urn
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    A Word Is Worth A Thousand Pictures? – Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 And Keats' Grecian Urn A Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures? – Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 and Keats' Grecian Urn Shakespeare's sonnet 18 ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' ) and Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn' were written with a common purpose in mind; to immortalize the subjects of their poems by writing them down in verses for people to read for generations to come. By doing so, both of the poets are preserving the b...
  • True For The Feminine Look The Poem
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    An Essay On "Gay Chaps At Then Essay On "Gay Chaps At The Bar" By Susan Schweik Susan Schweik From the start, "Gay Chaps" links itself directly and indirectly both to soldiers' letters and to soldier poetry. Its title and epigraph derive explicitly, as I have said, from a letter to the author from a "Lieutenant William Couch, in the South Pacific". After an opening dedication to Brooks's brother ("souvenir for Staff Sergeant Raymond Brooks and every other soldier"), words from one of Couch's let...
  • Speaker's Mistress Eyes
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    Analysis of Sonnet 130 Of William Shakespeare's one hundred fifty-four sonnets, his one hundred thirtieth is one of the most intriguing to examine. In Sonnet 130, the speaker describes the woman that he loves in extremely unflattering terms but claims that he truly loves her, which lends credibility to his claim because even though he does not find her attractive, he still declares his love for her. The sentences of Sonnet 130 are written in iambic pentameter, with ten syllables and a pattern of...

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