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There are many differences between the two sonnets; the first difference is when they were written Christina Rossetti wrote

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For my essay I shall be comparing 2 sonnets, one written before 1914 and the other which was written after 1914. A sonnet is a poem but is sorted into two sections, the octave and the sestet. The octave contains eight lines and the sestet contains six lines, so altogether there are fourteen lines in a sonnet. In the octave and the sestet there is always a change of meaning. The first sonnet I am going to look at is "Remember" which is written by Christina Rossetti before 1914. This sonnet talks about death and love. In the octave Christina Rossetti is saying remember me but in the sestet she is saying forget about me, this is what is meant by change of meaning in the octave and sestet. The second sonnet I shall be looking is called "Sonnet" which is written after 1914. This sonnet is written by Edna St. Vincent Millay. "Sonnet" is about past love and not having anyone too love. In the octave she talks about the past but in the sestet she talks about the present. ...read more.

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in the octave, so she decides to change her mind and tell her partner that I'd rather you forget me and be happy than remember me and be sad, "Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad". The language used in "Sonnet" is very easy to visualise as most of the things she says are picture. "What lips my lips have kissed, and where and why" this quote shows Edna St. Vincent Millay is asking questions so she does not know and can't remember what lips she has kissed. The following quote shows that Edna St. Vincent Millay can't remember who she has slept with "I have forgotten, and what arms have lain under my head till morning". This quote "tap and sigh" is the rain tapping on the window this represents the memories. "And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain" The last two words of this quote "quiet pain" shows that Edna St. Vincent Millay is a lonely person as she has no one to share her pain with. ...read more.

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Vincent Millay is trying to remember her past loves and friends that "have vanished one by one", and Christina Rossetti's sonnet "Remember" is written for her partner as she knows that she is going to die soon and has asked her partner to remember her, "Remember me when I am gone away". There is also a difference in which both sonnets are written as "Sonnet" is written in diary form because she is writing to herself and "Remember" is written in letter form as she is writing a letter for her partner. There are many similarities in both sonnets. The first similarity is that both and all sonnets are about love. Secondly there is also a change in meaning in the sestet and octave as there is in all sonnets. Another similarity is that both sonnets are written by women. Further more both sonnets are sad even though they are about love. From all the information above I can see that both sonnets are sad because Christina Rossetti is dying and is asking her partner to remember her and Edna St. Vincent Millay used to be full of life with many friends but is know just ?? ?? ?? ?? Sonnet ...read more.

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