Compare and Analyze Shakespeare and Bozeman’s Visions on Love: Sonnet 116 and “What Is Love?

World Literature – 200 7 February 2019 “Comparing and Analyzing Shakespeare’s and Bozeman’s Views on Love” Typically a poem which is written in a certain structure about love is called a sonnet. Poems like these can be used to create love songs. According to the Oxford Dictionary, a song is directly defined as “a short … Read more

Explore the Tonal Varieties of Sonnets: From Collins’ “Sonnet” to Milly’s “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed

The art of poetry is so unique in a sense that each and every poet has a unique take on how to portray a message. Every poem has an aesthetic and that is completely based on the poets own devices. Just like any art piece, poetry can be analyzed in so many different ways, that … Read more

Explore Shakespeare’s Legacy: His Continuing Influence across Genres and Time

Shakespeare is one of the most well known writers even after centuries of his work. His work continues to be passed on and he is responsible for some of the most famous work in literary history. Shakespeare has created many amazing stories in various genres such as; drama, comedy, and romantic sonnets which still influence … Read more

William Shakespeare Dramatizes Time’s Power in Sonnet 19: Blunting Lions and Burning Phoenixes

In Sonnet 19, William Shakespeare uses disastrous imagery, deliberate metrical inversions, and assertive diction in order to imply that he is in control despite Time’s massive power. By illustrating examples of substantial destruction, Shakespeare accentuates the power Time holds in the natural world. Shakespeare begins Sonnet 19 by emphasizing the extent of power which Time … Read more

Uncover Truth and Lies in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138: A Love Story of Age and Betrayal

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138 features the narrator’s love for his mistress, the “dark lady”, who appears throughout Sonnets 127-154, and his issues with trust in the relationship. The first quatrain sets the mood and introduces the storyline for the rest of the sonnet. The sonnet’s tone shifts from a recognition of his lover’s lie about her … Read more

Discover Shakespeare’s Contradiction of Love, Age and Deception in Sonnet 138

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138 features the narrator’s love for his mistress, the “dark lady”, who appears throughout Sonnets 127-154, and his issues with trust in the relationship. The first quatrain sets the mood and introduces the storyline for the rest of the sonnet. The sonnet’s tone shifts from a recognition of his lover’s lie about her … Read more

Compare Shakespeare’s “18” and “116”: True Power of Love and Never-Ending Happiness

The two sonnets I will be comparing in this essay are two of Shakespeare’s most well known pieces of work. Shakespeare’s sonnets “116” and “18” show the true power of love and its ability to bring two people together, which can result in the ultimate amount of happiness. Both of these verse forms share the … Read more

Exploring True Love in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 | Iambic Pentameter and More

William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 forms part of his one hundred and fifty four sonnets published in 1609 and introduces the reader to the idea of true love. Shakespeare’s uses monosyllabic language throughout most of Sonnet 116 and in so doing succeeds in powerfully describing in simple basic language the delicacy and complexity of what true … Read more

Explore the Life and Works of William Shakespeare, the English Poet and Playwright Considered One of the Greatest Writers of All Time

Angelina Rodriguez 2/27/19 Ms. Shuey English The life and works of William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright who is considered one of the greatest writers to ever use the English language. He is also the most famous playwright in the world, with his plays being translated in over 50 languages and … Read more

The Paradox of Honesty & Falsehood in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138

Intro Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138 is a poem that depicts two lovers who lie to each other to keep each other happy. Shakespeare’s sonnet has the form of Iambic Pentameter. Shakespeare presents the narrator of the poem to have issues with his age. It can be suggested that these difficulties cause problems within his relationship. Shakespeare … Read more

Shakespeare’s sonnet 18/Spenser’s sonnet 75 (poetic techniques, form, theme)

In this essay the two poems that will be discussed; William Shakespeare’s sonnet 18 and Edmund Spenser’s sonnet 75 respectively will be compared with respect to their poetic techniques and form as well as the underlying thesis of Love which is prominent within both pieces. In order to show this comparison, both sonnets will be … Read more

Shakespeare – background and sonnets

One of the best and successful writers of the 17th century, William Shakespeare who won the hearts of many through his plays, sonnets, poems, etc. Modified English literature and added new words to the English language. Shakespeare was born in the English Renaissance era which was between 1558 to 1603. An era which was culturally … Read more

Disastrous imagery in Sonnet 19

In Sonnet 19, William Shakespeare uses disastrous imagery, deliberate metrical inversions, and assertive diction in order to imply that he is in control despite Time’s massive power. By illustrating examples of substantial destruction, Shakespeare accentuates the power Time holds in the natural world. Shakespeare begins Sonnet 19 by emphasizing the extent of power which Time … Read more

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130

And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare; As any she belied with false compare… Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 was firstly published in 1609 and while many consider his 154 known sonnets to be written in a sequence, Barber claims that these were “not, in fact, such a production, indeed not one production at … Read more

Renaissance – Shakespeare’s Sonnets 55 & 108 / “The Transfiguration” by Rapheal

The term “Renaissance” derives from the French word of “Re-birth”. The Renaissance had started as a cultural movement during the 14th century Tuscany, Italy and later manifested the rest of Europe. This cultural development during the Renaissance had vast influence over literature, religion and many other aspects of intellectual understanding and development. One of the … Read more

Shakespeare’s sonnets 5, 20 and 60 – use of metaphors and imagery

Throughout this essay I will analyse sonnets 5, 20 and 60 of Shakespeare’s Sonnets with relation to the poet’s use of metaphors and imagery, as well as showcasing the relationship between form and meaning. ‘Sonnet 5’ identifies contrast of aging of man from youth to old age with nature. The second quatrain recognises the contrast … Read more

Poetry is not just about the ‘pretty things’ (Shakespeare, Jonson, Keats)

When studying poetry, a misconception that can be rebutted is the idea that poetry finds itself focusing purely on the ‘pretty things’; completely voiding the struggles and lacking the connection to the world around us. Contrary to common misconception, poetry has the capability to use the ‘pretty things’ as a vice to further expand on … Read more

Gender in William Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 130’ and ‘The Friday Everything Changed’ by Anne Hart

Gender is expressed in various ways and in William Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 130’ and ‘The Friday Everything Changed’ by Anne Hart, this chosen identity is expressed in the form of femininity and equality of gender roles. Although both texts demonstrate the generational differences between genders it also shows implications that society has set expectations onto women, … Read more

Comparison of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116

William Shakespeare, in his Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116, sets forth his vision of the unchanging, persistent and immovable nature of true love. According to Shakespeare, love is truly “till death do us part,” and possibly beyond. Physical infirmity, the ravages of age, or even one’s partner’s inconstancy have no effect upon the affections of … Read more

Metaphors and Temporal Perspectives in Shakespeare’s sonnets

Rehn, Johanna, and Kerstin Shands. “Metaphors of Time: Mortality and Transience in Shakespeare’s Sonnets.” 2009. “Metaphors of Time” by Johanna Rehn covers the use of metaphor in regards to the themes of time, mortality and transience in Shakespeare’s sonnets. Rehn primarily focuses on sonnets 60, 64 and 65 with a close reading as they are … Read more

Shakespeare Challenges Classical Past in Sonnet 12 and Hamlet

 “How does Shakespeare challenge ideas of the classical past in his writings?”; How does Shakespeare challenge ideas of the classical past in his writings? In his intricately constructed Sonnet 12, Shakespeare weaves a metaphorical comparison between the natural elements of “Time” and the subsequent fragility of human life (Atkins, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, 173). In the … Read more

Explore Imagery in Poetry from Shakespeare to Blake

 ‘Imagery…is the fireworks of poetry’ (Shira Wolosky). Use this remark as a point of departure for discussion of the function and effect of ‘imagery’. Throughout many epochs and styles of poetry, imagery is arguably the most commonly used technique used by writers to convey meaning and emotion. ‘Imagery is another basic poetic unit; it … Read more

Exploring Poets’ Functions and Contributions to Society: Heidegger, Shakespeare and William Blake

 “What are poets for?” asked Heidegger in his 1946 essay. For Heidegger, in destitute post-war Germany, he sought for the poet’s purpose or function in society. He claimed that poets “reach into the fearful abyss to follow the traces” left by divinities in order to “prepare the way for the return of cosmic order.” … Read more

Sonnet 130 – irreconcilable contradictions

 English Studies Feedback Form   Excellent 1 2 3 4 5 Very weak ARGUMENT & INDEPENDENCE: Clearly constructed, developing line of thought, arriving at an independent view ARGUMENT & INDEPENDENCE Ideas that do not build upon each other and /or lack relevance; relies on received ideas INTRODUCTION /CONCLUSION: Clearly sets out your approach; demonstrates … Read more

Shakespeare’s Literary Musicality: Examining the Musiciality of His Sonnets

 Contextualisation and problem statement “All sounds, all colours, all forms, either because of their pre-ordained energies or because of long association, evoke indefinable and yet precise emotions, or, as I prefer to think, call down among us certain disembodied powers, whose footsteps over our hearts we call emotions; and when sound, and colour, and … Read more

Analysis of Sonnet 55 (Shakespeare)

Not marble, nor the gilded monuments Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme; But you shall shine more bright in these contents Than unswept stone, besmeared with sluttish time. When wasteful war shall statues overturn, And broils root out the work of masonry, Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn The living … Read more

Analysing literature on Shakespeare’s Sonnets

“Metaphors of Time: Mortality and Transience in Shakespeare’s Sonnets”; Rehn, Johanna, and Kerstin Shands. “Metaphors of Time: Mortality and Transience in Shakespeare’s Sonnets.” 2009. “Metaphors of Time” by Johanna Rehn covers the use of metaphor in regards to the themes of time, mortality and transience in Shakespeare’s sonnets. Rehn primarily focuses on sonnets 60, 64 … Read more

Writing essays on Shakespeare’s poetry

Shakespeare is known primarily for his plays, but he also wrote a number of sonnets and longer poems. Some of his most famous poems include:

  • Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”)
  • Sonnet 29 (“When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”)
  • Sonnet 116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds”)
  • Sonnet 130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”)
  • The Rape of Lucrece
  • Venus and Adonis
  • The Phoenix and the Turtle

These are just a few examples of Shakespeare’s most famous poems, but there are many more to explore.

When writing essays on Shakespeare’s poetry, here are some important points to consider:

  • Historical context: Shakespeare wrote during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, and his poetry reflects the cultural, social, and political issues of the time. It can be helpful to explore the historical context in which he wrote to better understand his works.
  • Themes: Shakespeare’s poetry often explores universal themes such as love, beauty, time, and mortality. Analyzing these themes and how they are presented in the poems can provide insight into the meaning and significance of his works.
  • Language and literary devices: Shakespeare was a master of language and used a wide range of literary devices in his poetry. Analyzing his use of imagery, metaphor, simile, allusion, and other devices can help to uncover the deeper meanings in his works.
  • Structure and form: Shakespeare’s sonnets and longer poems have specific structures and forms that can provide insight into their meaning and purpose. Analyzing the rhyme scheme, meter, and other structural elements can reveal how the poems are constructed and what effect they have on the reader.
  • Cultural influence: Shakespeare’s poetry has had a significant impact on English literature and culture, and it can be interesting to explore how his works have been interpreted and adapted over time.

By considering these points when writing essays on Shakespeare’s poetry, you can provide a comprehensive analysis of his works and their significance.