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Explain what you have discovered about the sonnet form from your reading of three of the following poems: 'After Death', 'Youth Gone, Beauty Gone', 'Two Pursuits', 'Endurance' and 'Remember'- Do you think the content of these poems is well suited to the s

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Kate Feld UVL Explain what you have discovered about the sonnet form from your reading of three of the following poems: 'After Death', 'Youth Gone, Beauty Gone', 'Two Pursuits', 'Endurance' and 'Remember'- Do you think the content of these poems is well suited to the sonnet from? The three poems I have chosen are 'After Death', 'Youth Gone, Beauty Gone' and 'Remember'. I have chosen 'After Death' and 'Remember' because they give very different, unstereotypical ideas about death, and 'Youth Gone, Beauty Gone' ties in with these because it is referring to growing old. Reading and examining these poems I have discovered that a sonnet has a very definite structure, which is emphasised by a particular rhyme scheme. Sonnets also have a distinctive rhythm. All three sonnets have the same style of language and imagery, and use of a personal voice. There is a very set structure to a sonnet; each sonnet is fourteen lines long, and has only one stanza. These sonnets are written in the Petrachan sonnet from, which means that within the one one stanza, the sonnet is divided into two sections: the first eight lines are called an octave, the final six lines are called a sestet. ...read more.

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"The curtains were half drawn, the floor was swept And strewn with rushes, rosemary and may Lay thick upon the bed on which I lay," This enjambement makes the saying aloud of these poems more conversational. It is more akin to natural speech, where the saying of the syllables is stressed, unstressed, stressed, unstressed. This is called iambic pentameter, which can be found in all three of the sonnets. This rhythm, as stated earlier, gives the sonnet quite a conversational tone, which emphasises the personal feeling of the sonnets. They are all the personal thoughts and reflections of the poet, and so the natural rhythm fits very well with the natural and simple nature of the poem. I have also looked at the language and imagery used in the three sonnets. The language of each is simple and economical by necessity of the structure of only fourteen lines, and the rhythm of only ten syllables per line. "The curtains were half drawn, the floor was swept And strewn with rushes, rosemary and may Lay thick up the bed on which I lay," Within these three lines, Rossetti has succinctly described the setting of the poem, yet has captured such details that conjure up a full and complete picture of a room where a person might lie dead. ...read more.

Conclusion

I do think the content of these poems suits the sonnet form. Each poem is very personal and intimate. They are the thoughts and reflections of the writer on various themes connected to emotions. 'After Death' is about death, love and unrequited love, 'Remember' also has the similar theme of love and death, but this time it is very accepting and the love is such that the woman who dies wishes her lover not even to remember her if it makes him unhappy. 'Youth Gone, Beauty Gone' is the author's reflections on having grown old and how she feels there is nothing left for her to live for. These poems all incorporate the ideas of love and, either death or growing old. Reflection and thought on these ideas are developed in the sonnet. It is the perfect form for this style of writing for it is brief and structured. The single ideas would not be suited to a long drawn out narrative poem or a ballad. I think therefore that the content of these poems suits very well the sonnet form because they are little thoughts and personal reflections of the author, which can be explored, in just the right amount in the sonnet form. ...read more.

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