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What are the characteristics of a Shakespearean sonnet?   related to only  when to the sessions of sweet silent...

A Shakespearean or English sonnet has fourteen lines, consisting of three groups of four lines each, followed by a single rhyming couplet. The rhyme scheme is abab cdcd efef gg. Every (or nearly...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2017 11:06 pm UTC

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What are differences between Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnets?

In Italian, a "sonnet" means a small song devoted to a solo or single idea. Though invented in Sicily sometime in the 1220s, the Italian sonnet was perfected by Frances Petrarch in the fourteenth...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 8:10 am UTC

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What different figures of speech are in Shakespeare's Sonnet 130?

Shakespeare relies on strong visual imagery to deliver the similes in Sonnet 130. These devices ultimately demonstrate the type of love he shares with his beloved. For the majority of this sonnet,...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2020 11:34 am UTC

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What does this poem mean?  “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments. Love is not love which...

Sonnet 116, "Let me not to the marriage of true minds," is one of the most well-known of William Shakespeare's sonnets. Sonnet 116 was published with the other sonnets in 1604, but these aren't the...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2020 4:00 pm UTC

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What is the mood and tone of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

At first glance, the mood and tone of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 is one of deep love and affection. It is highly sentimental and full of feeling. This sonnet may seem at first to simply praise the...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2020 1:40 am UTC

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What is the explanation of the sonnet line: "Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks / Within his bending...

Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 is a testament to the abiding power of love. These lines mean that time cannot change love. Father Time, the personification of time, is often pictured with a scythe, or a...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2019 12:19 pm UTC

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Please explain Shakespeare as a sonneteer.

In writing sonnets, Shakespeare was continuing a trend that had been established in Italy by Petrarch in the fourteenth century and which had become extremely popular in England in the sixteenth...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2021 1:33 pm UTC

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What different figures of speech are in Shakespeare's Sonnet 18? I am writing a poetry analysis for my english class.

In addition to the other answers, this poem also makes use of apostrophe. Apostrophe is when the speaker of the poem addresses someone who is absent, an abstract idea (e.g., love, time), or an...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2017 11:24 am UTC

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Explain and extract the use of imagery in "Sonnet 130."

Imagery is description using any of the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, or smell. The imagery in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130" pokes fun at or parodies the conventionalized love imagery...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2020 11:42 am UTC

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What are the themes of Shakespearean Sonnets?

There are 154 Shakespearean sonnets. They were not written as a coherent narrative but rather as individual poems, and thus, although there are certain themes that recur across several individual...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2016 9:10 am UTC

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What are the similarities and differences in form and content between the Shakespearean Sonnet and the Petrarchan...

Both the Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnets consist of fourteen lines and are written in iambic pentameter. This means that each line, generally speaking, will have five (penta-) feet, with each...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2017 9:36 am UTC

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Who is Shakespeare referring to when he says "his" in the line "within his bending sickle's compass come" in Sonnet 116?

He is talking about Time, personified in this poem as being largely congruent with Death. In brief strokes, the speaker depicts the figure of Time as carrying a sickle, an accessory which...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018 8:34 am UTC

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What is the imagery in Sonnet 116?

Sonnet 116 is one of Shakespeare's most famous sonnets, concerned as it is with unconditional love which does not alter "when it alteration finds." The poem is full of imagery, beginning with the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2018 8:53 am UTC

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What does William Shakespeare mean by "If this be error and upon me proved, / I never writ nor no man ever loved"?

With these words, Shakespeare is trying to justify the view of true love that he's spent the rest of the poem expressing. He's told us that true love is unchanging, that it is a timeless ideal that...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 10:36 am UTC

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Why is Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 so famous?

Most sonnets are love poems; at least, we can say this about Shakespearean sonnets. So there must be something particular about this sonnet that makes it so memorable. Perhaps it is something about...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 12:33 pm UTC

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In "Sonnet 130," what are some examples of imagery?

Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130" has often been called something along the lines of a "winsome trifle" designed to be merely funny, which it is, but Shakespeare is also gently satirizing the conventions...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016 4:45 pm UTC

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Extract the uses of imagery in sonnet 116?

Two central images are used in Shakespeare's Sonnet 116. Stanza two presents the image of love as constant as a star used by navigators to determine the location of ships. The image is an extended...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2010 11:59 am UTC

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The speaker of the poem argues that "Love's not Time's fool." What does he mean by this? Do you agree? The poem is...

"Love's not Time's fool" captures the controlling metaphor of this Shakespearean sonnet as all other lines reinforce this sentiment: "Love is not love" if it changes with the corrosive power of...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2009 3:32 am UTC

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What is meant in line 8 in Sonnet 18, which is "By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd?"

You need to read the line in context and not separate from the rest of the poem. That said, here is the full text of the sonnet:Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?Thou art more lovely and more...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2008 10:09 pm UTC

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What are the dis-similarities between Sonnet 29 and Sonnet 30? I'm writting a term paper on the similarities and the...

You are right in saying that these two sonnets are extremely similar. Shakespeare's sonnets are believed to have been written in the order in which they are now numbered, and this is often evident...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2018 1:12 pm UTC

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What is sonnet 292 about? What type of poem is it? What tone/mood? what type of poem is it? what tone/mood?

The tone in Petrarch's Sonnet 292 undergoes several shifts. The first is between Stanzas 1 and 2 where the poet switches from awed reminiscence of the special distinction his love for the woman...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010 10:27 am UTC

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William Shakespeare Sonnet 27. What is the theme to Sonnet 27?

The main theme of the sonnet is love or longing for the presence of one physically absent. The sonnet begins with a description of the hard physical labor of travelling during the day. It describes...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2018 11:32 am UTC

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What is the character of the speaker in sonnets 18 and 130?

The speaker in both sonnets is a man (presumably) who does not care about what a woman looks like, only how beautiful she is inside. He is mature enough to overlook physicality and focus on the...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2015 4:03 pm UTC

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What are three symbols used in Shakespeares' "Sonnet 130"?

Snow: The speaker, defying the conventions of traditional love poetry, claims his mistress's skin is not as white as snow. Roses: This may be the most significant symbol. Roses are a staple of...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018 4:16 am UTC

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What style of poems did William Shakespeare write?

In addition to his formidable output as a playwright, William Shakespeare wrote a particular form of poem called a sonnet. He is credited with 154 sonnets, almost all of which follow the same...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2016 10:18 pm UTC

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I was told that there is a problem and then its answer in each of Shakespeare's sonnet. What's the problem in sonnet 18?

The problem in sonnet 18 is that everything in nature dies. The poet wants to find some great metaphor to compare his love to, but none of the traditional metaphors work. Why? Because everything in...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2007 5:03 am UTC

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I understand what assonance and consonance are, but I am having trouble finding this in each line of "Sonnet 18."...

You've said you're comfortable with the concepts of consonance and assonance, but it might be useful just to recap. Both of these are sound devices, which can be used to create a sense of internal...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 11:11 am UTC

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What do lines 12&13&14 from sonnet 73 by Shakespeare mean? In line 12 please completely explain meaning and...

The first rule in trying to figure out what a line of poetry means is to find the end punctuation (in this case, a "period") and back up to the beginning of the thought. Line 12 can't make any...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2007 2:01 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast Sonnet 130 and Sonnet 138 by William Shakespeare.

Both of these sonnets seem not only to recognize the humanity of the speaker's beloved but also to revel in that humanity rather than attempting to deny or beautify it. The poems recognize that...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018 11:43 am UTC

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What is the meter in Shakespeare's "My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun"?

Shakespeare's Sonnet 130 is indeed, like his other sonnets, written in iambic pentameter: a regular metrical form in which there are five "feet" (a pair of syllables in which the first is...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2018 8:30 am UTC

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What are the various figures of speech used in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 116"?

The figurative language used in this poem is largely metaphorical. Shakespeare uses a number of metaphors to expound upon the idea of love as "an ever-fixed mark," something constant like a "star"...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2018 7:33 am UTC

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What are the similes and/or metaphors in Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 comes close to being an extended simile, without ever quite being one. A poem which said "You are like a summer's day, in the following ways" would clearly be a simile on...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2020 11:48 am UTC

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With whom is Shakespeare talking in Sonnet 18? With whom is Shakespeare talking in Sonnet 18?  

Much critical analysis has been done with the whole sonnet sequence, and while there are no definitive answers, an interesting theory is that he is writing what we know as the first 75+ sonnets in...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2010 3:41 pm UTC

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Why Did Shakespeare Write Sonnets

Shakespeare uses his sonnets to explore love from as many perspectives as possible. For example, in Sonnet 130, he actually mocks typical love sonnet conventions in order to provide a more...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2017 10:14 pm UTC

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Does Shakespeare use any figurative language in Sonnet 138?

Figurative language is language beyond the dry and literal words we might find in a tax summary or a scientific report that only recorded facts. Figurative language, in contrast, adds a layer of...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2020 8:45 pm UTC

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How do we see the theme of friendship reflected in Shakespeare's sonnets?

Shakespeare certainly does have several sonnets that concern the theme of friendship. One of the best examples can be seen in Sonnet 29. This sonnet opens with the speaker feeling in a state of...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2013 6:09 am UTC

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What is the sonnet "Time Does Not Bring Relief: You All Have Lied" by Edna St. Vincent Millay about and what type of...

The poem entitled "Time Does Not Bring Relief: You All Have Lied" by Edna St. Vincent Millay is a sonnet of 14 lines. The poem is formal verse as opposed to free verse. The poem is written in...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012 1:57 pm UTC

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Can you summarize Friends and Flatterers by William Shakespeare?

The poem is a lament by the speaker about fickleness. The speaker, upon an occasion, hears a nightingale sing and takes pity on the poor bird for its beautiful song sounds like a wail. He then...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2016 1:22 pm UTC

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In Shakespeare's poem, "Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds" the speaker says love "is a star to every wandering...

In this sonnet, the star is functioning as something that is constant, something a wanderer could look to in order to get his bearings and know where he is. Without the aid of modern navigational...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2018 11:21 pm UTC

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What are some good solid comparisons between Shakespeare's Sonnets 116 and 130?

There are two comparisons between Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 and 130. The first is that both speak of rosy cheeks. The second is that they echo in very styles the same theme: "marriage of true...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2010 2:34 am UTC

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How does Shakespeare glorify his friend in Sonnet 18?

Shakespeare glorifies his friend in two ways, as evidenced in the structure of the poem. In the first six lines, he compares his friend to a summer day and explains how summer is less perfect and...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2009 1:18 pm UTC

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Regarding Sonnet 20 specifically, but in the others as well, critics are divided over whether Shakespeare's sonnets...

This is an interesting question, and I'm glad that you you make the distinction between Shakespeare as the author conveying homoerotic desires through the sonnets and questioning whether the...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2020 12:21 am UTC

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What does the speaker in Sonnet 73 compare himself to? What do each of these comparisons have in common? 

The speaker in sonnet 73 compares himself to yellowed leaves, ruined church buildings, twilight, sunset and a last glowing ember lying in the ashes of a fire that is almost burned out. All of these...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 2:21 pm UTC

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How is love shown in the Sonnets 29, 116, and 130 to be one of the most important things in life?

In Sonnet 29, love has the power to comfort the speaker despite his "disgrace" with other men, his "outcast state," his cursed fate, and his envy of others. He feels as though he is brought to...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017 12:39 pm UTC

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What meter is used in "Sonnet 18"?

Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" is perhaps Shakespeare most famous sonnet and as such the most famous English language sonnet. Much of its popularity comes from its perfect form. There is no what we...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2020 9:18 am UTC

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In "Sonnet 12" by Shakespeare, how does he show the passing of time in the poem?    

Shakespeare shows the passage of time by referring to "count[ing] the clock" (line 1) and addressing the "brave day sunk in hideous night" (line 2). Thus, he lets us know that time is passing, and...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2018 11:40 pm UTC

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What are the main themes of the Shakespeare's Sonnet 138?

The poem deals mainly with dishonesty and loyalty. Throughout the sonnet, Shakespeare focuses the reader's attention on the dishonest relationship the speaker shares with his lover. Both lie to...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2016 10:12 am UTC

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What is the comparison between Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 & Sonnet 116?

Both sonnets XVIII and CXVI explore the enduring nature of love, though they do so in different ways and with an emphasis on different aspects of love. Sonnet XVIII is ostensibly concerned with the...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020 9:31 am UTC

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What does the word "this" refer to in line 14 of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18?

The word "this" in line 14 of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 refers to the poem itself. Sonnet 18 is one of several sonnets in which the speaker proclaims that his love for his friend and his friend's...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012 11:57 pm UTC

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For whom did William Shakespeare write his sonnets? Was it for any male or female? I want to know whom Shakespeare...

The sonnets of William Shakespeare were his final non-dramatic works to receive publication (in 1609, although several had received prior publication). Most historians agree that the sonnets were...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2011 1:47 am UTC

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