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An Analysis of Shakespears "Sonnet 106"

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Analysis of Shakespeare's "Sonnet 106" "Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets." -Oscar Wilde The original sonnets were written by Francesco Petrarca in Italy. The word sonnet comes from the Italian word sonetto meaning "little song". The Italian sonnet is made out 14 verses that are split into two parts. The first eight lines, called the octave, describe the problem while the six last lines, sestet, provides the solution. This form is different than English sonnets such as Shakespeare "Sonnet 106". English sonnets still have 14 verses but they instead have three quatrains and one rhyming couplet. The first part, like the Italian sonnet, presents the problem. ...read more.

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Shakespeare's sonnets are much different from Francesco Petrarca's sonnets. Petrarca's sonnets are about love and beauty while Shakespeare's sonnets are mocking all the clich�s of the same thing. Shakespeare's "Sonnet 106" is a very beautiful sonnet about a lady. What I am assuming is a young man is telling this girl that her beauty is beyond description. He tells her all the writers before him, had premonitions about her and that's why you can find her beauty described in history books. The best lines, in my opinion, is "I see their antique pen would have express'd even such a beauty as you master now". I think this line really sums up what Shakespeare is trying to express in the sonnet. ...read more.

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In the sonnet, he shows us that beauty will eventually die and that literature will pass it on to the future. His use personification is very deep and meaningful, such as "beauty making beautiful rhyme" or "antique pen cannot express" I also love adjectives, such as "lovely" and "divining eyes". These adjectives really set the tone of the sonnet, which is the essence of beauty and it being everlasting through the art of literature. Shakespeare was a genius of his day of age. His sonnets so intricate that it takes hours just to properly analyze one of them. His non-clich� writing style gave his work a little more pizzazz to his work. He expanded on the idea of the Italian sonnet and made it his own. Shakespeare wrote over 150 sonnets, all them unique in their own way. Shakespeare opens up his mind on paper and tells us the world as it is. ...read more.

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