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Compare and Contrast William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" to "In an Artist's Studio" by Christina Rossetti

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Compare and Contrast William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" to "In an Artist's Studio" by Christina Rossetti The pre - twentieth century sonnets 'In an Artist's studio' (1856) by Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894) and 'Sonnet 18' (1609) by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) are related because they explore the subjects of 'Beauty' and 'Love', however it is important to acknowledge that although they are similar in content, they differ due to the way they present the object of their desires from contrasting perspectives. Furthermore, whilst the poems share the conventional fourteen - line sonnet structure, Rossetti relies on the petrarchan whilst Shakespeare's rhyme scheme is original. The Petrarchan sonnet portrays Christina Rossetti's older brother, Dante Gabrielle, who was obsessed with the model Jane Morris whom he used for inspiration in his paintings during the Pre - Raphalite period, which he himself founded. The aim of the Brotherhood was to produce earnest, quasi-religious works, motivated by medieval and early Renaissance painters up to the time of the Italian painter and Architect Raphael. This was because as a whole they eschewed the sombre colours and formal vision preferred by the Royal academy at the time. ...read more.


sun as somebody radiating out heat and causing discomfort enables him to describe his love as something more 'lovely' and temperate than the imperfections of the English summer. Although the objects of affection in each sonnet are presented differently, it can be seen that both poets are portraying perfection. Rossetti expresses that Gabrielle has presented Jane Morris beyond reality and has perfected her so, proving her to be 'not as she is but as she fills his dream'. Comparatively Shakespeare conveys that the being whom he is flattering is better than 'a summers day'. 'Summer's lease hath all too short a date' Stating that summer does not last whereas the beauty of his subject of desire will, expressing that the 'lease' of his exquisiteness is everlasting. There is a prominent use of natural worlds in both poems to glamorise Rossetti and Shakespeare's subjects of desire equally. Shakespeare chooses a 'summer's day' to reiterate that his entity of desire is far beyond the beauty of a 'summer's day' Whereas Rossetti's simile 'Fair as the moon and joyful as the light' suggests that the women in the paintings is presented as angelic and saint ...read more.


'One face looks out from all his canvases' 'One selfsame figure sits or walks or leans' Her tone here is cynical as she repeats the word 'One' suggesting that she is bitter and resilient to his portrayal of the model as well as his obsession. I personally enjoyed 'Sonnet 18' by William Shakespeare, because it is more effective in revealing the essence of 'Love' and 'Beauty'. Although both sonnets are about 'beauty' and 'love' they are still quite different to each other. In 'Sonnet 18' Shakespeare uses an analogy to evaluate his subject to a 'summer's day'. He presents her through adoration and displays her as she naturally is. However in 'In an Artist's studio' Dante sustains upon the 'selfsame figure' that he possesses in his personal intellect. The model Jane Morris is placed on a pedestal to make her appear unblemished as well as angelic and unquestionably picturesque. Gabrielle does not portray her 'as she is' but instead, 'as she fills his dreams.' Both Sonnets characterize their treasured ones in unimaginable forms, they are exquisite to the outermost, simply by the use of unparalleled phraseology, manufacturing them neither as they arise but moreover as they saturate dreams. MOHAMED PANCHBHAYA 11L 02/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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