Shakespeare's Sonnets Analytical Essay by Guan

Shakespeare's Sonnets
A review of William Shakespeare's sonnets "Twelve" and "Seventeen".
# 54970 | 1,593 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Jan 14, 2005 in English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Sonnets)

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This paper examines how William Shakespeare's poetic language uses certain aspects of the English language to convey the feeling of his words and how among these techniques are meter, rhyme, reference, and figurative language. At the same time, he also uses the iambic pentameter in interesting ways to stress meaning and point to key phrases, thoughts, or ideas. It discusses two of Shakespeare's sonnets and examines their qualities to see exactly how the Bard brings these things into dramatic effect. For simplicity, the sonnets used are sonnets "Twelve" and "Seventeen".

From the Paper:

"The first technique of note when dealing with the writings of Shakespeare writings is his use of rhyme. In the sonnets in question, meter and rhyme are used interestingly. Sonnet twelve starts out in an interesting way in that it does not rhyme in the traditional sense. The key words of note here are, "come" and "tomb", and "deserts" and "parts", in comparison, every other line ending in both sonnets ends in traditional rhyme, such as, "eyes" and "lies", or "age" and "rage". However, Shakespeare does not abandon rhyme entirely for the opening of sonnet twelve, he does something entirely different. Here he uses words that rhyme only to the human ear. In other words, on script, they do not appear to rhyme. But, when said out loud, they have the similarities of rhyming words."

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