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Posted May 29, 2010 at 4:46 PM via web

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What similarities in structure, style and themes are there between Shakespeare's sonnets 29 (When in disgrace...) and 73 (That time of year...)?

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 30, 2010 at 12:02 AM (Answer #1)

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In terms of structure and style, both Shakespearean (English) sonnets are arranged thusly:

  • four divisions: three quatrains (each with a rhyme-scheme of its own)
  • and a rhymed couplet at the end that is usually a commentary on the foregoing, an epigrammatic close
  • Thus the typical rhyme-scheme for the English sonnet is abab cdcd efef gg.

In terms of theme:

  • Sonnet 29: Alienation and Loneliness; Doubt and Ambiguity; Wealth
  • Sonnet 73: Separation – Fear of separation through Death.


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