Compare how language is used to express an opinion of love in sonnet 116 and another poem (Quickdraw) Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 116’ and Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Quickdraw’ both talk about the relationship between two people, however they talk about them in very contrasting ways. Sonnet 116 and Quickdraw are written in different forms. Shakespeare’s poem is written in sonnet form with three quatrains and a rhyming couplet. This regular pattern shows that this is what love should be like and is normal. The use of iambic pentameter also stresses key ideas and words whilst the poem can still flow.
Perhaps the stiff form of the villanelle makes the speaker seem committed and loyal while Time seems unpredictable. Perhaps the form also brings a sense of certainty to the poem; the changes that Time brings are inevitable. The repetition of the line ‘If I could tell you I would let you know’ is significant. It rises times strength and makes the message more meaningful. The use of conditionals such as ‘If’ and ‘should’ which are repeated throughout the poem.
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.
Browning uses repetition to emphasise the depth of his love and to give himself reassurance that he will eventually get what he is looking for. He tells himself; heart, fear nothing, for, heart thou shalt find her-. The repetition on the word heart specifically showing his dedication, he’s putting all of his heart into finding this woman. In addition by ending the line with a dash it presents the feel of impulsiveness that the man may feel when looking for this love, showing that he enjoys the chase. The harsh ‘F’ sounds also add to his determination to find his love, portraying it as something that has to be fought for.
In the first stanza he shows his readers the ideal way to act during times of acute crisis. The poet asks his readers to make themselves strong enough such that they can take responsibility for their actions and choices bravely and not indulge in blame-games. A person should muster enough confidence to believe in himself and his potential when everyone else gives up on him; but at the same time the poet also advises his readers to make enough room in their heads for opposing ideas from others. This poem teaches a person the importance of waiting and advices him to not let lies and hatred mire his character even if the ones around him seem to be infested with them. Kipling knew that instilling these virtues might make his readers self-righteous so he warns them against the same towards the end of the stanza.
The reader can relate to these symptoms and the text could compel emotions relating to love from the reader. This constant reference to feelings and stereotypes in correlation to love emphasises the romanticism of the experience of first love. When John Clare states ‘My heart has left its dwelling place and can return no more’ he is directly presenting the experience of first love as a life-changing
If the reader views “The Flea” as completely satirical, one comes to an interpretation containing validity, however simple in nature. The explanation appears logical. Donne, by inserting language into “The Flea” that creates opposition infers his thought upon the absurd nature with which the virtues of marriage, and the erotic inclinations of love making stand in juxtaposition. The argument could logically end there; however, Donne, instead of the bleak view seems to aspire to address something akin to the argument, but perhaps an argument which is further
Compare how ideas about love are presented in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 and Barrett-Browning’s Sonnet 43. In the course of the essay, I will compare and contrast both poems’ idea of love. Both poems generally give a positive overview of love; both poets suggest that love is never ending and can battle through bad situations. Shakespeare’s sonnet takes the form of argument, talking about the unchanging and eternal qualities of love whilst Browning’s sonnet is like a direct poem to her husband discussing the nature of her love for him. Shakespeare starts the poem with the imperative “let me not to the marriage of true minds” which sets the tone and exploration of true love.
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.
(Shmoop Editorial Team)Throughout the sonnet there is use of imagery, for example “It is the star” emphasizing that love will guide you. Through the duration of the sonnet love being permanent is exaggerated greatly. Shakespeare emphases how true love always preserves, despite any obstacles that may arise, “Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks”. Inferring from this, we can tell he is trying to get across that even if the circumstance or person changes, love never dies. Sonnet 116 uses repeated pairs of words, “love is not love”, “alters when alteration finds” suggesting it is to be like “couples” and to also further emphasize the theme of love in the sonnet.