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Sonnets. There are three different types of sonnets, Petrarchan, Shakespearian and Spenserian, and they have different structures,

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Sonnets Sonnets are poems about different types of love, they are about, romantic love, were the love is equal, both partners love one another, unrequited love where the love is only one sided, you love someone but they do not desire you in the same way, and then there is bereavement, when you are grieving the death of a loved one. The poets who write these sonnets try to explain the impossible, what is love? By expressing what they feel for their partner on paper, whether it be exaggerated or just honest. But in order for us to recognise what these poets are trying to express, they use similes, images and symbols so the readers can relate to what the poets are trying to say. Sonnets have a rule that they must be fourteen lines long. There are three different types of sonnets, Petrarchan, Shakespearian and Spenserian, and they have different structures, for example Petrarchan sonnets have an Octet Sestet structure with Octet being the first eight lines on the first idea and the Sestet being the last six lines on a variation on the first idea, while Shakespearean and Spenserian sonnets have a Quatrain Quatrain Quatrain Couplet structure, ...read more.


However in sonnet 'Sonnet130' one of Shakespeare's is the complete opposite to 'The Garden of Beauty' because Shakespeare does not exaggerate the truth of his lovers beauty, but instead is more honest about her looks but says that he still loves her. "Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks...If hair be wires, black wires grow on her head" he says her breath is not as sweet as any perfume, and her hair is not smooth but is like wire but then he concludes his sonnet to say "And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As she belied with false compare" he is saying he loves her for who she is and that his love is true that he is not blinded by false compare. 'Surprised by Joy' was inspired by the death of William Wordsworth's daughters death, he is grieving her death and trying to come to terms with it "Knowing my heart's best treasure was no more" he calls her his heart, she was his most treasured joy and now she is gone, he is finding it hard to accept, he is finding it impossible to be happy when the thing that makes him happiest most is gone. ...read more.


rose for the passion he feels for his love and the white rose represents to coldness his love interest has towards him. The fire and ice in 'My Love is Like Fire to Ice' also represents the passion and coldness, the fire is the passion like the 'red rose' and the coldness is the ice like the 'white rose'. The fire and ice expression is more effective than the red rose and white rose because the fire is not extinguished by the ice not is the ice melted by the fire, in fact it seems the more she rejects Spenser he the more he wants her his fire only grows with the ice. "Such is the power of love in gentle mind, That it can alter all the course of kind" he is saying his love for her is breaks the laws of nature and is stronger than any science. My favourite sonnet overall is the 'Sonnet 130' by William Shakespeare because although it is honest, Shakespeare Is too honest in that it becomes kind of comedic in the way that he loves his lover even if she is not perfect in beauty but is perfect in mind. Joanne Starke ...read more.

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