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'The sonnet is the perfect poetic form to express love.' Evaluate up to four sonnets of your choice in light of this quotation.

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COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT POETRY - THE SONNET "The sonnet is the perfect poetic form to express love." Evaluate up to four sonnets of your choice in light of this quotation. The sonnet is a poem, which always consists of fourteen lines and has ten syllables in each line. It is the ideal form to express the poet's true emotions because a sonnet is a very tight form of writing and it consists of a very compact structure. The sonneteer has to craft his/her expressive feelings into only fourteen lines, which makes the writing extremely emotional and strong. Fourteen lines form a complete poem, because of its rounded structure and its even, structural number. There are two forms of sonnets, one being the Shakespearian and the other being the Petrarchan. The Shakespearian contains three quatrains and one final couplet. All the three quatrains have focused on different aspects containing a slightly different subject; yet they will somehow be linked right the way through. Although, to end of the sonnet, the final couplet will end with a twist, perhaps emphasising either sorrow or heartbreak. The pattern of the Shakespearian sonnet is 4-4-4-2. The Petrarchan sonnet consists of an octave, which are the first eight lines and a sestet, which are the last six lines. The turning point comes at the end of the octave. ...read more.


For example, if someone reading the sonnet has never experienced love and the sonneteer explains the feeling of a love with imagery, it helps the reader understand. This is because the reader, will, without doubt relate to the imagery used. Sometime adjectives add to the feeling. 'It was the reddest rose in all the world.' By the sonneteer expressing his love in that way, it is perfect for those who have never experienced love. This is because they can now relate to the rose and get a feel for what love feels like. For someone who has never experienced love still knows and can identify what a rose is, therefore can understand what the sonneteer is stating. Factual and true feelings in a sonnet express how it is a perfect poetic form to express love, because the sonneteer has to structure their feelings and emotions into such a tight, compact structure of writing, therefore the words are meaningful and full of strong emotion. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love is expressed in the sonnet 'How Do I Love Thee?' with extremely strong feelings. This is shown by the way she counts and quantifies her love: 'Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height,' This furthermore shows that she loves him with all her heart, and it proves how much she loves him by having to count the ways in which she does. ...read more.


In How Do I Love Thee?' the words, 'I love thee' are repeated five times and the emotion felt by the reader is a strong sense of passion and a true feeling for love. When phrases like that are recurrent, there is a large impact on the reader. This, once again, is why the sonnet is the best poetic form to express love. The fixed, dense structure of the sonnet helps the fact of repetition be such a helpful factor of writing. The tight formation of the poem helps the reader notice the repeated words as there are only fourteen lines provided. In conclusion, the sonnet is the perfect poetic form to express love. This is because of its tight, compact structure, its repetition and its rhythm. The imagery used in sonnets is also an exceptional structure of writing and it makes the sonnet extremely romantic by comparing love to a tangible item. This is because most substantial objects symbolise what the sonneteer is trying to express. Wilfred Blunt mainly writes examples of imagery and Elizabeth Barrett Browning deeply expresses her passion. Throughout the variety of love sonnets, the tight, compact structure will always remain there. This helps the sonneteer craft their writing into fourteen lines making the wording extremely expressive and significant. Repetition enforces on the words repeated making the reader focus on either the word or the phrase. Overall, the sonnet is the most perfect poetic form to express love. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jodi Isaacs 28/04/2007 ...read more.

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