Analysis of the Sonnet

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10/17/12 Sonnet Analysis Sonnets, in a general sense, have always served as a means of self-expression within the confines of a set rhyme scheme and rhythm. In the Petrarchan sonnet “Eternity, the womb of things created,” the author writes in the first eight lines about the characteristics of eternity as an entity, such as how eternity is the source of everything, and will always outlast anything. In the last six lines, that author’s tone shifts as he states that he would like to become tied to the power of eternity, so that he will be able to obtain that knowledge and wisdom present within eternity. The overall meaning of the sonnet can be inferred from its structure, meter, and the author’s use of literary devices. The overall structure of a sonnet is vital to understanding how in-depth the author answers the problem presented in the first lines of the work. This sonnet utilizes the Petrarchan form, meaning that the work is divided into eight lines to state the problem, and six lines to state the solution. Compared to a Shakespearian sonnet, this format gives the author more of the sonnet’s fourteen lines in which to elaborate further on the proposed solution to the problem mentioned in the preceding eight lines. This need for additional space serves to emphasize the importance of, or detail present within the solution. In my selected sonnet, “Eternity,” the author goes into relatively deep detail regarding his solution, which would not have been as easily accomplished through the Shakespearian format. The author not only states his desired solution to the problem, but also provides justification for it as well. Another quality of a sonnet that aids in the interpretation of the author’s meaning is meter, or the arrangement of syllables in a poetic work. Meter in any poem can be used to emphasize certain words or syllables that play into the author’s main

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