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This paper explains that Shakespeare modified the traditional Petrarchan sonnet format into what is now called English or Shakespearean sonnet, which he used for all of his 154 sonnets. The author points out that, when reading a Shakespearean sonnet, it is important to know that he intended each quatrain and the couplet to be read as distinct from the others because each contains a particular idea that the speaker is trying to express; however, the poem requires that all of the lines be part of a single movement. The paper reviews sonnets 29 and 116 to demonstrate Shakespeare's skill as a writer and his flare as a user of language when he speaks to his audience through the medium of poetry. The paper includes several quotations from sonnets 29 and 116.
From the Paper:"The appeal of this sonnet for the average person is that everyone has felt lost and lonely in the world and a true friend can make all the difference in the way we feel about ourselves and our lives. Anyone can appreciate the sentiments conveyed here without necessarily knowing the circumstances under which the poem was written. As mentioned earlier, this is one of the many poems addressed to a young man. According to Thomas M.Greene, "The poetry reflects a sense of inner depletion, emptiness, poverty, which the friend is asked or stated to fill up.""
Sample of Sources Used:
- Barber, C. L. "An Essay on Shakespeare's Sonnets." Critical Interpretations: William Shakespeare's Sonnets. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987.
- Booth, Stephen. "Commentaries on the Sonnets." Critical Interpretations: William Shakespeare's Sonnets. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987.
- Greene, Thomas M. "Pitiful Thrivers: Failed Husbandry in the Sonnets." Critical Interpretations: William Shakespeare's Sonnets. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987.
- Kuiper, Konrad. "Shakespeare's Sonnet 116." Explicator 64 (Fall 2005): 8-10.
- Shakespeare, William. Shakespeare's Sonnets. New York: Washington Square Press, 2004.
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