Line two continues with the only actual difference between a wife and a servant being the title of 'wife.' In line three of the poem, explicitly says 'fatal knot is tied,' which is an obvious reference to being married, however there is a paradox of a wedding, tying the knot, to being fatal. Marriage is normally associated with a positive light, a new beginning, but in this poem the speaker is saying that once your married there is no way out, and marriage is a death of any freedom. Line four the speaker points out the permanence of marriage, obviously now if the marriage is as bad as the speakers, divorce is an option. But for the speaker in the poem the only option is death itself.
But Shakespeare ends the sonnet by proclaiming his love for his mistress despite her lack of adornment, so he does finally embrace the fundamental theme in Petrarch's sonnets: total and consuming love. The rhetorical structure of Sonnet 130 is important to its effect. In the first quatrain, the speaker spends one line on each comparison between his mistress and something else (the sun, coral, snow, and wires—the one positive thing in the whole poem some part of his mistress is like. In the second and third quatrains, he expands the descriptions to occupy two lines each, so that roses/cheeks, perfume/breath, music/voice, and goddess/mistress each receive a pair of prevents the poem—which does, after all, rely on a single kind of joke for its first twelve lines—from becoming stagnant. Focus: Shakespeare begins his poem to the dark lady with no compliments about the dark lady.
(Note: Shakespeare varies the line lengths so not all lines are “perfect” iambic pentameter.) It’s the most common rhythm in English poetry and sounds like five heartbeats: da-DUM, da-DUM, da-DUM, da-DUM, da-DUM. Let’s try it out on Hermione’s line from The Winter’s Tale: the BUG | which YOU | would FRIGHT | me WITH, | i SEEK. to ME | can LIFE | be NO | coMMO|diTY (3.2.5) Every second syllable is accented, so this is classic iambic pentameter. Since these lines have no rhyme scheme (“seek” and “commodity” don’t rhyme), we
The speaker is upset about being pregnant and the constant reminder of being pregnant for nine months is the reasoning behind the sentence structure being in sets of nine. The point of view is important, because it's feels like the speaker is Sylvia Plath. Because Plath knows how to write, being a famous poet, she arranged the metaphors to be in a riddle form. The riddle can be hard to unscramble, so instead of coming from a character, or made-up speaker, the words are coming from herself. The reason why the poem feels like it's being told by Plath is because her usage of first person point of view.
This emphasises that even though she does not have the title ‘Mrs.’, she may feel that she has left behind her unmarried identity, and this is all she stands for. The poem starts with a powerful oxymoron ‘beloved sweetheart bastard’. The combination of love and hate is a key theme in the poem, the emotion of the jilted woman a confusing mixture of her passion for her fiancée, and her anger of what he has done. There’s also a juxtaposition of formal language of the period in the ‘beloved sweetheart’ and the more modern use of ‘bastard’. It sounds initially as though this is a direct address to the man, but it soon becomes clear that this is a classic dramatic monologue, the speaker explaining herself to the listening reader.
Emily Dickinson By anonymous English 3 Ms. Trupi 3 June 2013 Thesis: Emily Dickinson was a master at the craft of writing poetry as shown in her works “Because I could not stop for death”, “There’s a certain slant of light”, and “The soul selects her own society” where she portrayed themes such as human nature, independence (feminine), the meaning of life and death and optimism in a grim world. I. Introduction A. Early Life 1. Amherst College 2.
Rachelle Brady Mrs. Woods ENC 1102 6, October 2014 Sonnet 130 both fulfills and transcends the blazon tradition. It has a rhyme scheme split into three quatrains and a rhyming couplet. The sonnet contains ten syllables per line and uses stress on every second syllable. In the closing couplet it turns and takes the blazon to another form, showing the speaker is truly in love with his mistress. The rhyme scheme is abab/cdcd/efef/gg, which is alternating throughout with the exception of the closing couplet.
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. This poem by Emily Dickinson is about how to make sense in life, or how to prevent living in vain. She starts the poem with “If I can stop one heart from breaking”. Often times, when someone’s heart has been broken, it’s because of love if someone has left you or died. Already in the first line, one of Dickinson’s major themes, which are death and immortality, has approached.
The beloved in Sonnet 130 is described in an unappealing manner, and yet, because of his honest depiction of her the poet-speaker considers his love to be true. The sonnet suggests true, authentic feelings can only be expressed when traditional conventions are set aside. This essay will examine the various technical features used by Shakespeare to emphasise this theme. The discussion will also consider the context in which the sonnet was written. It is immediately clear that Sonnet 130 challenges traditional concepts of romantic love.
It generally follows the rhyme scheme of abab cdcd efef gg. At its heart, the Shakespearean sonnet is ultimately an argument and this particular way of delivering the argument is powerfully persuasive. Many poets use the three quatrains of the sonnet to deliver points pertaining to a conflict and in the ending couplet the poet can resolve the conflict or offer a comment or summary statement. Edna St. Vincent Millay effectively uses the Shakespearean sonnet form in “Love is Not All” to present and argue the need, complexities, and ideology of love. The entire sonnet questions the idea of whether or not love is necessary for survival.