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I have decided to look at 'God's Grandeur' by G.M Hopkins, 'Death be Not Proud' by John Donne and also 'Shall I Compare thee to a Summer's Day' by William Shakespeare. The reasons the poems were wrote and also the time

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In this essay, I am going to look in detail at three sonnets showing very different feelings. I will show all the main features and try to explain what the writers were trying to show and underline in there sonnets. Each of the three sonnets I have chosen are by different writers and also from different centuries, I have decided to look at 'God's Grandeur' by G.M Hopkins, 'Death be Not Proud' by John Donne and also 'Shall I Compare thee to a Summer's Day' by William Shakespeare. The reasons the poems were wrote and also the time is they were wrote is different but the range of emotions and feelings shown throughout is amazing; the sonnets have also been written in different centuries and all three poets come from very different back rounds. Before I go on, I would like to explain the features and describe what a sonnet is. A sonnet is a poem of 14 lines with a formal rhyme scheme, expressing different aspects of a single mood, or feeling, is then resolved or summed up in the last lines of the poem. The two main forms of the sonnet are the Petrarchan and Shakespearean. ...read more.


His tone is straight forward and appears to be very confident when he tells death that it has nothing to be proud of, even though "Many have called thee Mighty and dreadful" Donne tells Death that this fact is simply "not so" and goes on from here to set a strong angry tone for him. Again, we get a sense for Donne's tone with the line he is meeting Death face to face without fear or intimidation and we should do so. Donne then introduces us to an interesting paradox when he says, "For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow, Die not" This is important because it sets the mood for the entire poem. The use of 'And' at the start of three separate lines sets out the lines like points in an argument, or simple statements. There is an accusation in the 12th line, Death has been proud, has "swell'st" but with no justification. Death is made to look powerless in preventing life. However, the Octave could be a scene of sorrow and mourning, a funeral service for, possibly, one of 'our best men.' This ceremony is designed to blame and dishonour Death but also to lower him to the status of 'desperate men' earlier in the sonnet. ...read more.


Wordsworth with the final five lines reminds us of his attachment and love of writing about nature but also the effect that the city has had on him compared with that of "Valley, rock, or hill;" In the final line I think that he is going back to the power and majesty of the City by using the words 'mighty heart' but also personifies the City as a sleeping animal such as the king of the animal kingdom the Lion. As the lion has the potential power and strength but now the Lion is sleeping and harmless just like the City is harmless when no work has started. From reading the sonnets from the three great authors; I have learned so much but in particular I have to say my favourite was 'Shall I compare thee to a Summers day?'. As before reading this sonnet I could not relate to Shakespeare, but from the sonnet and the background to the sonnet, I seen both the love the lady had for her son and the love Shakespeare had for nature and the power of words. As Shakespeare wrote "So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee." Now that boy is still living and not only the boys spirit lives on but also Shakespeare's spirit goes on. ...read more.

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