Yet soon, clouds overcast the sun, hiding the sun from the world until it sinks in the west.
Thus, Shakespeare followed the more idiomatic rhyme scheme which interlaces a rhyming pair of couplets to make a quatrain. Overall, it is presented as three differently rhymed quatrains and a concluding couplet.
This is can be seen in Figure 1: And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare.
D The Shakespearean sonnet affords two additional rhyme endings a-g, 7 in all so that each rhyme is heard only once. This enlarges the range of rhyme sounds and words the poet can use and allows the poet to combine the sonnet lines in rhetorically more complex ways. Sonnet is the only Shakespearean sonnet which models a form of poetry called the blazon, popular in the 16th century used to describe heraldry.
It presents a detailed summary of all of the main features and colors of an illustration. A typical blazon of a person would start with the hair and work downward, focusing on eyes, ears, lips, neck, bosom and so on.
All the twelve lines do not praise or idealize the beauty of the physical features of his lover, but on the contrary, criticize her physical features by revealing the shortcomings in them by contrasting her physical features with their respective idealised poetic versions.
The emphasis on criticism is strengthened with the use of iambic pentameter. The first eight lines, the octet, are written in a way that a cursory glance at the words would give the reader a misreading of the intended meaning.
This witty choice of words may be misread by the reader who is flippant in the reading of the text, without noting how such words are used for contrast rather than description.
It shows the possibility that at first glance, a woman may be perceived as possessing such beautiful traits. Similarly, love is deceptive at first but is revealed over time to be humanely imperfect, unlike its initial goddess-like image.
This theme is carried on in the sonnet, embedded in the play of words to emphasize how human love is flawed but still very much beautiful. A key element in Sonnet that appeals to me as a reader is the historical information gleaned from a close reading. In the tropical waters in Asia, coral vary in colour and texture.
In a modern context, this species of Red Coral is common. Shakespeare effectively uses sarcasm and contrast to parody how a Partrarchan sonnet was usually written. The imagery of breasts being dark-coloured is a deliberate portrayal to provoke the readers into contrasting their mental image of how an idealized lover should look like since breasts were often compared to pearl or ivory in Elizabethan poetry depicting fair-skinned western women.
In line four, an example of misreading can be extracted. Wire does not refer to an industrial object but a sign of beauty. It was part of the courtly tradition of love to declare that the goddess whom one adored had virtually no human qualities.
All her qualities were divine. Dwhere Iachimo describes Imogen, whom he hopes to seduce. However, the mood of the poem shifts, and the poet expresses a revelation or epiphany at the beginning of the third quatrain.
It does not affect the commitment expressed in a relationship grounded in honesty and qualities that transcend superficial lust and physical attraction. Shakespeare invests the ending couplet with special significance.
It characterizes the musings of the three quatrains in a sardonic, detached or aphoristic voice, standing in some way aloof from the more turbulent and heartfelt outpouring of the quatrains. Despite not being a goddess his beloved may be as rare to him as if she were Cleopatra.
This sums up the feelings of the poet toward his lover of great admiration and the high esteem in which he holds her. This equality in their relationship reveals how Shakespeare esteems her to be his equal, someone whom he can confide in and relate to.
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The William Morris Internet Archive: Chronology This chronology was created by and. This Shakespeare Analysis Lesson Plan is suitable for 8th Grade. Eighth graders focus on the Shakespearian sonnet as a form and analyze the sonnet in terms of structure, the particular rhyme scheme of the quatrains and the rhyming couplet, the rhythm of iambic pentameter, as well as any figurative language.
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