I'm writing a poetical analysis of Sonnet 93 and am looking for some insight/feeback. If anyone has collegiate knowledge concerning this area, please respond.
My professor is the Chapman Distinguished Professor of English
Director of Graduate Studies, so he is very difficult to please and grades hard, but I'm determined to do very well.
Thanks so much! :)
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This is a poem of duplicity. The speaker says he shall live with his love supposing her love is true to him. However, he can not be sure of her love. He suspects that she is deceiving him, yet he can not be sure--her looks are with him, but her heart may be in another place and since he can not see where her heart truly is, he will not know for certain. He cannot detect a change in her eyes to be the tell-tale sign, since there is no hatred there to see. There are hints of a false heart, however, in moods and frowns and wrinkled brow; however, sweet love does dwell in her face because Heaven decreed that it would. So, whatever is in her mind or her heart, her face does not reveal it. It is much like the beauty of Eve's apple in the garden: lovely and delicious, but hiding a deadly secret.
Good Luck with your analysis!
Remember also that this is in the section written to the fair young man. So 'thou' could refer as easily to a man as to a woman.
look to the sounds that inhabit the sonnet and how they help to create a mood of suspicion. Lots of sibilance: when is an 's' a 'z'!
The biblical aspect cannot be ignored either. Heaven is invoked with creation as is the apple Eve ate. Compare that with the worldly aspect of beauty and good behaviour.
Is there a parallel happening? and the opposition of outer beauty and inner virtue or lies and truth.
Add to that, looks not just referring to beauty but active on the part of the person addressed. How many times is it repeated?
pay attention to what the pronouns (i, thou, thy) are telling you.
And lastly read the series of sonnets within which this one is contained: 91-96 and see if you can find any other parallels or links.
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