Compare Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare and the Glasgow Sonnet by Edwin Morgan.

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Sonnet 130 and the Glasgow Sonnet

Task: Compare Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare and the Glasgow Sonnet by Edwin Morgan.

Poetry has many forms and styles of which it can be written and emphasised in. A sonnet is one of these forms. They mainly consist of fourteen lines, but can be set out in two different ways.

One of two styles of sonnet is Elizabethan. William Shakespeare is an example of a poet and writer of this time period, and possible one of the most recognised for his work. William Shakespeare wrote an astounding 144 sonnets within his life time. The majority of these sonnets were mainly based upon love or insincere compliments. The Elizabethan sonnets are usually of the lyrical in content and differ in structure. This indefinably differs from the modern style of sonnet that we are use to. This is because the Elizabethan poem contains three stanzas of four lines and it finishes off with a rhyming couplet at the end.

        The structure of the modern sonnet is a complete anomaly compared with the Elizabethan sonnets. This is because they have two stanzas, the first consisting of eight lines and the second consisting of six lines, they are called the octave and the sestet. The sestet is the conclusion of a modern sonnet which contains a message whereas the Elizabethan’s message is held within the couplet. The modern sonnets usually hold a meaning of poverty and desolation within it and the tones vary extensively, although a sense of fundamental contentment is established with the rigidity of the form.

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The imagery used in Sonnet 130 is that of always comparing the woman in which Shakespeare is talking about to natural beauty.

Shakespeare is very strange and different in the way he describes his mistress in this sonnet.

This is because of the constant negative imagery used to describe his woman. He says that ‘my mistresses eyes are nothing like the sun’ that isn’t exactly complimenting on her eyes it is basically putting a downer to her appearance.

Right through this sonnet Shakespeare keeps picking and making fun of every aspect of his wife’s looks. The way in ...

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