Sonnets Essay

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Sonnets Note: You should do 2 response journal entries (#7 and #8) on sonnets. The first entry should discuss Shakespeare and/or Sidney. The second should explore Frost, Millay and/or Heaney. You may choose to write about one sonnet or to compare/contrast sonnets in both entries. Traditional Sonnets Read about the sonnet form at http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5791 (also copied at end of this document) including Shakespeare's Sonnet 130. Sir Philip Sidney, Sonnet 1 from Astrophel and Stella http://www.sonnets.org/sidney.htm#001 Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show, That the dear she might take some pleasure of my pain, Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know, Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain, I sought fit words to paint the blackest face of woe: Studying inventions fine, her wits to entertain, Oft turning others' leaves, to see if thence would flow Some fresh and fruitful showers upon my sunburned brain. But words came halting forth, wanting Invention's stay; Invention, Nature's child, fled stepdame Study's blows; And others' feet still seemed but strangers in my way. Thus, great with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: "Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write. Contemporary sonnets Robert Frost, “The Oven Bird” http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15894 There is a singer everyone has heard, Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again. He says that leaves are old and that for flowers, Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten. He says the early petal-fall is past When pear and cherry bloom went down in showers On sunny days a moment overcast; And comes that other fall we name the fall. He says the highway dust is over all. The bird would

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