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From the sonnets you have studied compare and comment upon three poems, explain why you think they are successful show which you prefered and why.

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Introduction

FROM THE SONNETS YOU HAVE STUDIED, COMPARE AND COMMENT UPON THREE POEMS. EXPLAIN WHY YOU THINK THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL. SHOW WHICH YOU PREFERED AND WHY. Before I compare these sonnets I must understand exactly what a sonnet is. A sonnet is a type of poem, which poets often use to express their feelings. The themes of most sonnets are subjects such as war and death or love and happiness. Sonnets are useful because the poet can tell the reader what they want to say in just fourteen short lines. The person who wrote the first sonnet is unknown but the form of the sonnet originated in Italy in the thirteenth century, a long time before Shakespeare was born. The sonnet first reached England in the sixteenth century courtesy of Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Earl of Surrey. Sonnets are a form of poem, which are different from all others. They always consist of fourteen lines, and each line has ten syllables. Each line also has a regular pattern where the first syllable is unstressed and is then followed by a stressed syllable. Once this is repeated five times in each line it is known as an iambic pentameter. ...read more.

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"Shall I compare thee...?" and "Let me not" follow a slightly different use of the Shakespearean sonnet structure than the sonnet in "Romeo and Juliet". "Shall I compare thee...?" uses the first two quatrains to talk about how summer is not always as good as it is thought to be. The third quatrain is then used as a change of mood when Shakespeare uses the word 'but': "But thy eternal summer shall not fade." Shakespeare uses this as a total change of mood and feeling, this is the pivotal point. First, he is talking about all of the things that people do not like about summer and is being very pessimistic. The he uses the power of just one word to change the whole mood of the poem as he looks at the good side of he person that he loves. He then concludes by in the final couplet. This structure is also taken by "Let me not". In the first two quatrains Shakespeare talks about what love is by personifying love. He talks about the differences between love and true love and how just normal love will not last. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Shakespeare says "This holy shrine", this is also a metaphor. Romeo is saying that Juliet is a holy shrine but the type of shrine that he really means is one of he shrines that a pilgrim would have to touch on their pilgrimage. Metaphors are used effectively in this so that Shakespeare can compare things to things that they could not realistically be. Although "Shall I compare thee...?" and "Let me not" do not use metaphors but they do however use other types of words to gain a different effect. "Shall I compare thee...?" is very appealing to the senses. It uses vocabulary that easily creates an image in the reader's mind: "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May" "Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines" Although Shakespeare is being pessimistic towards summer, these lines still create images very easily. The "eye of heaven" is the sun, which manages to create images in my head with just the use of a few words. This is a classic example of how much can really be put into just fourteen lines without you even knowing it. ...read more.

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