Focus: Shakespeare begins his poem to the dark lady with no compliments about the dark lady. He describes her face with several similes. But when we read it, it’s not positive for a women. This sonnet compares the speaker’s lover to a number of other beauties—and never in the lover’s favor. Her eyes are “nothing like the sun,” her lips are less red than coral; compared to white snow, her breasts are dun-colored, and her hairs are like black wires on her head.
Shakespeare makes it clear that the woman does not measure up to the normal standards of beauty, but to him her “dirty” side is attractive, which makes him love her. Shakespeare continues to insult the woman in the second stanza. He remarks how her cheeks contain no deep rose color and how her breath reeks like bad perfume. Again, this is not the usual approach to the composition, instead of berating the woman with compliments, Shakespeare continues to degrade her. Here the readers are persuaded that this is definitely not a love sonnet.
Q7 compare how the poets present romantic love in sonnet 43(page 58) and one other poem from Relationships. Remember to compare: • Romantic love in the poems • How the poets present love by the ways they write Both poems present romantic love similarly in sonnet 43 and sonnet 116. These ways are shown in the way they wright. The forms and structure of the poems are they are both sonnets. Sonnet 116 is a Shakespearian sonnet where as sonnet 43 is a patrachiah sonnet.
Sidney’s sonnet 107 and Spenser’s sonnet 65 are both English sonnets. Both sonnets have an English sonnet rhyme scheme. Both sonnets are about love and courtship. Astrophil is in love with Stella and Spenser is in love with Elizabeth. Both poets have a woman who is their muse for writing the sonnets.
It is clear appearance isn’t everything. In Sonnet 18 the speaker says that as long as the poem is still being read then the beauty of it still lives, which shows that poetry can preserve love and is immortal. Sonnet 147 is a poem that’s starts describing a beautiful person but ends but saying that she is basically the devil. This supports the poem’s theme: appearances isn’t everything. The speaker was deceived buy her beauty and soon came to realize that one doesn’t just judge someone by someone’s beauty and that person’s personality counts too.
In the poem “To Helen” the author used beauty as a form of diction to show his fascination towards the character. In the beginning of the poem the author used the word “beauty” to describe how the speaker saw Helen. The author as well used the word “Psyche” towards the ending of the poem to emphasize Helen’s beauty since “Psyche” means beautiful princess dear to god. The purpose was to emphasize and show the speakers’ admiration and obsession towards Helen. The tone in this poem is peaceful and graceful for when the author says ”Thy Naiad airs have brought me home” signifies that Helen’s beauty is peaceful and gentle and her air can just take him home.
Comparison and Contrast Essay In the poems, “To Helen” and “Helen”, both Edgar Allan Poe and H.D. emphasize the beauty of the infamous Helen of Troy; however, the speakers’ attitudes differ as one praises and worships Helen while the other condemns her for her treachery and remains unmoved by her beauty. Although both poems discuss Helen of Troy, both speakers’ withhold different perspectives within the first stanza. In “To Helen” the speaker sets Helen on a pedestal as he uses the apostrophe “Helen, thy beauty is to me” (Poe, line 1). He emphasizes that he speaks to her as the title “To Helen” sets the praiseful tone within the poem.
This is a Petrarchan sonnet; made up of fourteen lines, contains an octave, sestet, and volte. It is written in iambic pentameter with the rhyme scheme of the octave being different from the sestet; that is abba, abba, cdcdcd to make the poem a question and answer poem. The octave poses a rhetorical question in the first line of the poem saying “how much do I love thee?” and the sestet gives the answer to how much she loves him. She uses alliterations like thee/ they, soul /sight, and passion/put to give rhythm to the poem. Elizabeth Browning expresses an intense love for her man in which she says she loves him to the depth and breadth and height her soul can reach implying the extent and wideness to which she feels for him.
In this essay, I will be showing a comparison between ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Shakespeare), ‘To His Coy Mistress’ (Marvel) and ‘Sonnet 130’ (Also by Shakespeare). The first main comparison between these three texts is that they all show different types of love. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is based on true love as both main characters fall in love with each other at first sight. Shakespeare shows their love by the soliloquy and the sonnet that he added to this text as the words and techniques used in them project a connection between Romeo and Juliet. ‘To His Coy Mistress’ shows an idea of a sexual and lustful love.
He describes that his beloved is nothing unusual in the world and she is as simple as a women on the ground. But yet his love toward his beloved is unique because he dose not bestowed her with any false compare like other poet of the time yet his love is rare. Shakespeare dose not attribute his beloved with any false compare like other poet of Elizabethan period in his ‘Sonnet 130’. He describes his love in a realistic way. His love is unique from other in this point that he describes her in a simple way.