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


Sonnet 29, Sonnet 73

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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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