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Are there any ways in which you consider that experiences conveyed by the sonnets, by pre-20th century poets differ from those conveyed by the writers of modern sonnets?

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English Coursework: Sonnets Question: Are there any ways in which you consider that experiences conveyed by the sonnets, by pre-20th century poets differ from those conveyed by the writers of modern sonnets? * Are there any similarities? * You must consider two pre-20th sonnets. A sonnet is a lyric poem consisting of fourteen lines with a very formal rhyme scheme, they usually express thought, mood, or feeling, and these ideas are usually resolved or summarised in the last lines of the poem. The two main forms of the sonnet are the Petrarchan, which consists of an octave, or eight-line stanza, and a sestet, a six-line stanza. The octave has two quatrains, rhyming a b b a, a b b a; the first quatrain presents theme, the second develops it. The sestet is built on two or three different rhymes, and arranged either c d e c d e, or c d c d c d, or c d e d c d; the first three lines exemplify or reflect on the theme, and the last three lines bring the whole poem to a unified close. Among great examples of the Petrarchan sonnet in the English language are Sir Philip Sidney's sonnet sequence Astriphel and Stella (1591), which established the form in the England, and was incredibly popular during the Elizabethan era. ...read more.

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These two lines display her lack of maturity and innocence further. The 'first primrose' is a reflection of spring, and the feelings of her first love like the first primrose of spring. She expresses her love further when she declares that she would give up her heart for his love. The childish items that she would trade for his love are insignificant to other people, but have a lot of sentimental value to her. 'And when, in time, they say "we told you so", My truth I'll have and they their status quo.' This final couplet expresses how she feels about the love the man has for her, that he does not feel the same way she does, this also displays how insecure their relationship is. This demonstrates her mature aspect, and is sure she will know the truth about her feelings. The women will tell her she made a mistake, and that they were right, and know that their approaches to relationships are correct. The woman will have learnt from her mistake, and not let it happen again. Shakespeare's sonnet; 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' is about the beauty of a love; Shakespeare uses traditional Elizabethan language of the time. The sonnet begins with a rhetorical question, which dismissed, and the thought is expressed in further detail; 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare suggests that true love is forever, and Hendry also believes this, as in her sonnet she expresses her love, but knows that it is not true love, as he does not feel the same way about her. The language between the three sonnets have not changed, they have been written so that they can be understood, they language is suitable in the era that they have been written in. The language used by Shakespeare seems incomprehensible to us, because language has changed so much since the Elizabethan times. To conclude I think that the experiences conveyed through the sonnets by pre-20th century writers do not differ from those conveyed by post-20th century poets, but are conveyed in different ways within the sonnets. Diana Hendry writes of her experience in an unusual way, keeping the Shakespearean structure, but changing the mood into a complicating and confusing one. Her poem gives the impression that at the present time people are confused and uncertain of their feelings. Shakespeare writes his poems in his traditional way, declaring his love for the person, doing it in the way which reflects his nature, and also the true meaning of love. He also insinuates that people in the Elizabethan times were more conscious of what love is, and how to express their feelings. This suggests that people were simpler, and less confused with materialistic things, which could influence our decisions. Kainat Bhatti 11B Page 1 ...read more.

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