In Sonnet 116, each quatrain is an idea, contained in a single sentence. The enjambment allows the ideas to continue, without breaking the regular rhythm. This flow of ideas allows Shakespeare to convey his positive outlook on love whereas Duffy portrays a negative view of love through her use of enjambment. This is due to phrases ending in the middle of
Although the language used in both poems may differ from one another both successfully express their intentions with the poem. Similes used in poetry is a very important feature that helps attract the reader’s attention by using simple comparisons to bring forth an idea. In the first poem, the author compares to very different things but the gesture that lies behind them is very similar. “Touch the poem gently with your eyes just as you would a lover's flesh”. Although the same poetic feature is present in Shakespeare’s sonnet, the way it is used is rather different.
Thus, through comparing 'The Great Gatsby' and Barrett-Browning's poems, we are able to identify how differing contexts can shape meaning and alter perspectives. Both texts deal with the themes and concepts of ideal and pure love, but having been written in different times produces contrasting contexts, and hence differing perspectives. Barrett-Browning's poems take on the Petrarchan form to challenge courtly love and the idea of pure love, as opposed to Gatsby's infinite hunger for platonic love which is unattainable in a materialistic world; a world that lacked strong moral grounding taints the purity of love. Barrett-Browning's initial response to love is realistic, unsure and being cautious in her approach, "Lest one touch of his heart convey its grief". Throughout the sonnet it is evident that she prefers pure love more than any other, "If thou must love me let it be for nought, but for love's sake only".
The language devices used in Valentine and Sonnet 116 are very similar and used to portray their attitudes towards love and relationships. Valentine uses the repetition of ‘I give you and onion’ to emphasise Duffy’s view of love being deep and not superficial, and the forceful manner with which this is being said emphasises the simplicity of love in Duffy’s view. Likewise, Sonnet 116 shows that Shakespeare believes that love is permanent; using the repetition of the words ‘alters’ and removes’ to emphasise that love is unchanging. Valentine also uses personification of ‘fierce kiss’ conveying that she wants love that although will be painful at times, will last a long time. Similarly, in Sonnet 116, ‘Love is not Time’s fool’ shows that love lasts a long time, the personification of ‘Love’ and ‘Time’ emphasis that love is greater than and cannot be affected by time.
Shakespeare has a difficulty in defining love. The negation of ‘not’ in “love is not love” shows this. The syntax and line break, with the use of a semi colon after “impediments;” shows the tangled definition. It is easier to define love by what its not, than what it is and trying to put your finger on it. If it is real love, it does not disappear, it only “alters” or “bends”.
It is also reflective of his style of love, as he sees it as a stubborn enduring thing ; Love is not love/ Which alters when it alteration finds.’ Here Shakespeare wants to portray that love transcends human behaviour and is one of the purest aspects of human character. The poets write very
William Wordsworth is remembered as the founder of the Romantic Movement instead of William Blake. I believe this is because Blake had darker meanings behind his poetry. People probably were more attracted to Wordsworth because he had a warmer feel to his poetry. The fact that many people viewed Blake as crazy might, too, be a reason this occured. He did things most wouldn't find normal.
Prompt: In what ways does the last scene draw together the central concerns of the play? Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” has long been revered for its clever and witty use of language but it is Shakespeare’s handling of the central concerns of the play that earn him the highest regard. The play delves somewhat playfully into issues of friendship, fortune, faithfulness, and family, while weaving in weightier matters such as hatred, greed and vengeance. While these issues are largely resolved in the trial scene, the contrasting values of love, generosity, and keeping ones word become the final messages of the play. The final scene set in serene Belmont, opens with Lorenzo and Jessica’s playful banter.
Indestructible Love Shakespeare's sonnet CXVI represents one of the most powerful poems defending true love. While being such a simple poem, the lines in sonnet CXVI effectively grasp the focus of endless love. Morality is not a worry in love, it is non existent. True love remains solid through any disruptive path of time and even though our physical beauty fades, our love carries on and becomes immortal. Shakespeare opens this poem with his opinion of how true love should be.
An Erotic Marriage Argument: A Discussion of John Donne’s “The Flea” A discussion of the John Donne poem “The Flea” in reference to the relation between the erotic and religious language found throughout, finds relevance in almost every line of the poem. The two seemingly opposite ideas exist in a congruent fashion without compromising the positions the entities stand upon. Although Donne’s agenda when composing “The Flea” is not certain, the tone and the subject of his other work give the reader a good impression as to the poetry‘s meaning. However, when examining poetry one’s ultimate interpretation develops from a singular experience, without the aid of other works of the author to use in reference to that which is interpreted. Donne’s use of double meanings in the language of the poem result in a reading where two ideas come together in interpretation Donne, in “The Flea” uses erotic, as well as religious language in order to communicate his thoughts concerning the relationship between marriage and love making.