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Sonnet 130 William Shakespear

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Sonnet 130 By William Shakespeare. Shakespeare's sonnets comprise 154 poems in sonnet form that were published in 1609 but likely written over the course of several years. The years that William Shakespeare was writing poems were the 'Golden Age' of British literature. Poetry was mostly in sonnet form with some metaphysical poems as well. This period can be split into four sub-sets: The Elizabethan Age, The Jacobean Age, The Caroline Age and the commonwealth period. During the Jacobean period (1603-1649) this was the period that Shakespeare sonnets were published. A sonnet is a fourteen-line poem, usually in iambic pentameter, with a varied rhyme scheme. The two main types of sonnet are the Petrarchan (or Italian) ...read more.

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Throughout the first twelve lines he uses a lot of physical imagery, talking about her physical features but still comparing them to something that is better than her features. 'If haires be wires, black wires grow on her head:' During the 'Golden Age' beauty was seen as a pure white women with bright coloured hair, but in this sonnet Shakespeare is describing a dark haired women with dark skin. This again shows that Shakespeare is challenging convention by writing a poem about a dark haired woman where it is common to be writing about a pure white woman. The last two finishing lines of the poem it then shows the reader that even though he is comparing his mistress in a negative way his love is still rare. ...read more.

Conclusion

This again shows that Shakespeare is challenging convention of sonnet poems. Shakespeare also makes the couplet at the end of the poem have a bigger impact from the rhyme scheme. Through the poem Shakespeare gives a rhyme scheme of A B A B C D C D E F E F G G The last two lines of the sonnet rhymes together this then makes the couplet have a bigger meaning and making it rhyme gives it a bigger impact to the reader. Overall I feel this poem is very good, as I feel Shakespeare has changed the rhythm of sonnets. Shakespeare has kept his sonnet realistic but being honest. Shakespeare has gave a message to his audience by saying that his love is just as rare as any women described with false comparisons. Nathan Whitehead Miss Ford ...read more.

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