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Comparison of two Shakespearean Sonnets and one Modern Sonnet.

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Comparison of two Shakespearean Sonnets and one Modern Sonnet The three poems I am going to analyse and then compare are, for the two Shakespearean sonnets, Sonnet XVIII- 'Shall I compare thee...?' and Sonnet CXVI-'Let me not...'; with the modern sonnet by Rupert Brookes entitled 'The Soldier' from 'Songs of Other Lands'. 'The Soldier' was written by Rupert Brooke at the start of the First World War. Brooke was going to fight in a war which was supposed to be won by Christmas, War was seen as an honourable and heroic thing by many and Brooke had no idea of what the war would actually be like. At the time, the whole of England was feeling very patriotic; England was thought to be the greatest country in the world. In his poem Brooke expresses his belief that to die for England was the most noble and worthy cause, that to be buried in a foreign land would make that plot of land English and bring a sense of honour and immortality upon him. The poem is in the form of a sonnet and uses iambic pentameter. The mood of the poem is calm, serene and heroic. ...read more.

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In the next four lines he explains that she is more lovely than summer because she will not age or die because her beauty is trapped in the sonnet. The last two lines mean that as long as the poem exists then she will live on. This is a very romantic poem and like 'The Soldier' it is in iambic pentameter. Like many of Shakespeare's sonnets, this one has a theme about the cruelty of time and how the person who inspired him was given immortality because they were in his poetry. This particular sonnet contains quite a lot of literary devices, there is some personification of the sun, for example 'eye of heaven' and of death; the first line is a simile as he is asking whether she is like a summers day. The last two lines are a heroic couplet and contain some repetition of 'So long'. The mood of the poem is romantic and peaceful, Shakespeare does not use strong language but instead employs rich, peaceful words when appropriate; the words 'darling buds' in the third line gives a romantic and beautiful feel to the poem, words such as 'heaven', 'eternal' and 'gold' also create a luxuriant atmosphere. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are links between each poem, however all three have some things in common; they all contain pastoral and natural beauty rather than industrial scenes, they are all about love, time and death are also mentioned in each sonnet, more in some than in others. The links between 'the Soldier' and 'Shall I compare thee...' are mainly that they are both about a love affair between two people. In both there is personification, of England in Brookes and summer in Shakespeare, they also both talk about the sun and heaven and their lover being eternal. The links between 'The Solider and 'Let me not..' are that there is an eternal theme, they have time in common. Love is the main theme in both and there is personification of England and Love. In 'Let me not ...' there is a star mentioned which guides ships, in 'The Soldier' England is the guiding star to the soldier who has left home and is travelling away. In 'Let me not...' love is given and received, in 'The Soldier' England gave him something and by making a part of a foreign land English he is giving something back. Word Count: 1356 Rowan Lovegrove-Fielden ...read more.

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