Next Question on Sonnet and Sonnet of Shakespeare's? He uses iambic rhythm and rhyming couplets in exactly the same way as Sonnet but how is the structure of the poem different?
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed, And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed: But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st, Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st, So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
This is one of the most famous of all the sonnets, justifiably so. But it would be a mistake to take it entirely in isolation, for it links in with so many of the other sonnets through the themes of the descriptive power of verse; the ability of the poet to depict the fair youth adequately, or not; and the immortality conveyed through being hymned in these 'eternal lines'.
It is noticeable that here the poet is full of confidence that his verse will live as long as there are people drawing breath upon the earth, whereas later he apologises for his poor wit and his humble lines which are inadequate to encompass all the youth's excellence.
Now, perhaps in the early days of his love, there is no such self-doubt and the eternal summer of the youth is preserved forever in the poet's lines. The poem also works at a rather curious level of achieving its objective through dispraise.
The summer's day is found to be lacking in so many respects too short, too hot, too rough, sometimes too dingybut curiously enough one is left with the abiding impression that 'the lovely boy' is in fact like a summer's day at its best, fair, warm, sunny, temperate, one of the darling buds of May, and that all his beauty has been wonderfully highlighted by the comparison.
Thou art more louely and more temperate: This is taken usually to mean 'What if I were to compare thee etc? One also remembers Wordsworth's lines: We'll talk of sunshine and of song, And summer days when we were young, Sweet childish days which were as long As twenty days are now.
Such reminiscences are indeed anachronistic, but with the recurrence of words such as 'summer', 'days', 'song', 'sweet', it is not difficult to see the permeating influence of the Sonnets on Wordsworth's verse.
The youth's beauty is more perfect than the beauty of a summer day. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, May was a summer month in Shakespeare's time, because the calendar in use lagged behind the true sidereal calendar by at least a fortnight.
And summer's lease hath all too short a date: The summer holds a lease on part of the year, but the lease is too short, and has an early termination date.
It would be dimmed by clouds and on overcast days generally. And every fair from fair sometime declines, All beautiful things every fair occasionally become inferior in comparison with their essential previous state of beauty from fair.
They all decline from perfection. By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed: By chance accidents, or by the fluctuating tides of nature, which are not subject to control, nature's changing course untrimmed.From reading Sonnets and , one can conclude that Shakespeare’s idea of love involves the premise that — a.
true love ends when circumstances turn for the worse b. people must be close in age to be truly in love c. real love brings a person money, fame, and respect d. true love is indifferent to wealth, beauty, age, and circumstance. Sonnet - "Let me not to the marriage of true minds" Sonnet - "O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power" Sonnet - "The expense of spirit in a waste of shame" Sonnet - "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" Sonnet - "Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth".
Sonnets 29, , , and , are all fairly recognizable sonnets that deal with love and the feelings associated with being so infatuated. Each one however, deals with different views on love. The sonnet can be taken as a sonnet that satirizes the conventional sonnets at that time where the poets praised the beauty of the woman by idealizing her as a goddess.
The sonnet is an exposition of a dark lady and it rejects the conventional exaggerations of love poetry. Shakespeare adheres to the traditions of the sonnet stringently within ‘Sonnet ’, as it consists of fourteen lines in total, with each line consisting itself of ten . 29 When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes Let me not to the marriage of true minds My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun ..
Sonnet XXIX. “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes” WHEN in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes I all alone.