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1: From fairest creatures we desire increase. From fairest creatures we desire increase,. That thereby beauties Rose might neuer die,. But as the riper should by. Shakespearean Sonnets. A sonnet is an intellectual puzzle. • A problem or a question is introduced in the 1st quatrain. • This idea is complicated in the 2nd. as credit. Thank you! Top 10 Shakespeare Sonnets, About Shakespeare: Poet and Playwright, and Glass. Slipper Sonnets first appeared at Tweetspeak Poetry.
Description Shake-Speares Sonnets Although nowadays we think of Shakespeare primarily as a playwright, in his own lifetime he was also well-known as a poet. His sonnets and narrative poems appeared in print to widespread acclaim during the s and s. He is quite radical in his love poetry, often departing from courtly ideals of truth and purity to wrangle with sex, lies and love triangles. It is not known whether the Sonnets are autobiographical or purely fictional. Scholars believe that Shakespeare wrote and revised the sonnets during the s and early s.
Sonnet III Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest Now is the time that face should form another; Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest, Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother.
For where is she so fair whose unear'd womb Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry?
Or who is he so fond will be the tomb Of his self-love, to stop posterity? Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee Calls back the lovely April of her prime: So thou through windows of thine age shall see Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time. But if thou live, remember'd not to be, Die single, and thine image dies with thee.
Sonnet IV Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend Upon thyself thy beauty's legacy?
Nature's bequest gives nothing but doth lend, And being frank she lends to those are free. Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse The bounteous largess given thee to give?
Profitless usurer, why dost thou use So great a sum of sums, yet canst not live? A number of Shakespeares plays seem to have transcended even the category of brilliance, becoming so influential as to affect profoundly the course of Western literature and culture ever after.
The Sonnets Shakespeares sonnets are very different from Shakespeares plays, but they do contain dramatic elements and an overall sense of story. Each of the poems deals with a highly personal theme, and each can be taken on its own or in relation to the poems around it. The sonnets have the feel of autobiographical poems, but we dont know whether they deal with real events or not, because no one knows enough about Shakespeares life to say whether or not they deal with real events and feelings, so we tend to refer to the voice of the sonnets as the speakeras though he were a dramatic creation like Hamlet or King Lear.
There are certainly a number of intriguing continuities throughout the poems. The first of the sonnets seem to be addressed to an unnamed young nobleman, whom the speaker loves very much; the rest of the poems except for the last two, which seem generally unconnected to the rest of the sequence seem to be addressed to a mysterious woman, whom the speaker loves, hates, and lusts for simultaneously.
The two addressees of the sonnets are usually referred to as the young man and the dark lady; in summaries of individual poems, I have also called the young man the beloved and the dark lady the lover, especially in cases where their identity can only be surmised. Within the two mini- sequences, there are a number of other discernible elements of plot: the speaker urges the young man to have children; he is forced to endure a separation from him; he competes with a rival poet for the young mans patronage and affection.
At two points in the sequence, it seems that the young man and the dark lady are actually lovers themselvesa state of affairs with which the speaker is none too happy. But while these continuities give the poems a narrative flow and a helpful frame of reference, they have been frustratingly hard for scholars and biographers to pin down.
In Shakespeares life, who were the young man and the dark lady? Historical Mysteries Of all the questions surrounding Shakespeares life, the sonnets are perhaps the most intriguing. At the time of their publication in after having been written most likely in the s and shown only to a small circle of literary admirers , they were dedicated to a Mr.
H, who is described as the onlie begetter of the poems. Like those of the young man and the dark lady, the identity of this Mr. Because he is described as begetting the sonnets, and because the young man seems to be the speakers financial patron, some people have speculated that the young man isMr.
If his initials were reversed, he might even be Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton, who has often been linked to Shakespeare in theories of his history. But all of this is simply speculation: ultimately, the circumstances surrounding the sonnets, their cast of characters and their relations to Shakespeare himself, are destined to remain a mystery.
The Sonnet Form A sonnet is a fourteen-line lyric poem, traditionally written in iambic pentameterthat is, in lines ten syllables long, with accents falling on every second syllable, as in: Shall I compare thee to a summers day? The sonnet form first became popular during the Italian Renaissance, when the poet Petrarch published a sequence of love sonnets addressed to an idealized woman named Laura. Taking firm hold among Italian poets, the sonnet spread throughout Europe to England, where, after its initial Renaissance, Petrarchan incarnation faded, the form enjoyed a number of revivals and periods of renewed interest.
In Elizabethan Englandthe era during which Shakespeares sonnets were writtenthe sonnet was the form of choice for lyric poets, particularly lyric poets seeking to engage with traditional themes of love and romance. In addition to Shakespeares monumental sequence, the Astrophel and Stellasequence by Sir Philip Sydney stands as one of the most important sonnet sequences of this period.
Sonnets were also written during the height of classical English verse, by Dryden and Pope, among others, and written again during the heyday of English Romanticism, when Wordsworth, Shelley, and particularly John Keats created wonderful sonnets. Today, the sonnet remains the most influential and important verse form in the history of English poetry.
Two kinds of sonnets have been most common in English poetry, and they take their names from the greatest poets to utilize them: the Petrarchan sonnet and the Shakespeareansonnet. The Petrarchan sonnet is divided into two main parts, called the octaveand the sestet. The octave and the sestet are usually contrasted in some key way: for example, the octave may ask a question to which the sestet offers an answer. In the following Petrarchan sonnet, John Keatss On First Looking into Chapmans Homer, the octave describes past eventsthe speakers previous, unsatisfying examinations of the realms of gold, Homers poems while the sestet describes the presentthe speakers sense of discovery upon finding Chapmans translations: Much have I travelld in the realms of gold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I been Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse have I been told That deep-browd Homer ruled as his demesne; Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken; Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes He stard at the Pacificand all his men Lookd at each other with a wild surmise Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
The Shakespearean sonnet, the form of sonnet utilized throughout Shakespeares sequence, is divided into four parts. The first three parts are each four lines long, and are known as quatrains, rhymed ABAB; the fourth part is called the couplet, and is rhymed CC.
The Shakespearean sonnet is often used to develop a sequence of metaphors or ideas, one in each quatrain, while the couplet offers either a summary or a new take on the preceding images or ideas. In Shakespeares Sonnet , for instance, the speakers love is compared to a disease. In the first quatrain, the speaker characterizes the disease; in the second, he describes the relationship of his love-disease to its physician, his reason; in the third, he describes the consequences of his abandonment of reason; and in the couplet, he explains the source of his mad, diseased lovehis lovers betrayal of his faith: My love is as a fever, longing still For that which longer nurseth the disease, Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill, The uncertain sickly appetite to please.
My reason, the physician to my love, Angry that his prescriptions are not kept, Hath left me, and I desprate now approve Desire is death, which physic did except. Past cure am I, now reason is past care, And frantic mad with evermore unrest, My thoughts and my discourse as madmens are, At random from the truth vainly expressed; For I have sworn thee fair and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.
In many ways, Shakespeares use of the sonnet form is richer and more complex than this relatively simple division into parts might imply. Not only is his sequence largely occupied with subverting the traditional themes of love sonnetsthe traditional love poems in praise of beauty and worth, for instance, are written to a man, while the love poems to a woman are almost all as bitter and negative as Sonnet he also combines formal patterns with daring and innovation.
Many of his sonnets in the sequence, for instance, impose the thematic pattern of a Petrarchan sonnet onto the formal pattern of a Shakespearean sonnet, so that while there are still three quatrains and a couplet, the first two quatrains might ask a single question, which the third quatrain and the couplet will answer.
As you read through Shakespeares sequence, think about the ways Shakespeares themes are affected by and tailored to the sonnet form.
Be especially alert to complexities such as the juxtaposition of Petrarchan and Shakespearean patterns. Particularly, Wilde claimed that he was the Mr. The sequence distinguishes itself from the Fair Youth sequence with its overt sexuality Sonnet The Dark Lady suddenly appears Sonnet , and she and the speaker of the sonnets, the poet, are in a sexual relationship.
She is not aristocratic, young, beautiful, intelligent or chaste. She is celebrated in cocky terms that would be offensive to her, not that she would be able to read or understand what's said. Soon the speaker rebukes her for enslaving his fair friend sonnet He can't abide the triangular relationship, and it ends with him rejecting her. The sonnets most commonly identified as the Rival Poet group exist within the Fair Youth sequence in sonnets 78 — The sonnet sequence considers frustrated male desire, and the second part expresses the misery of a woman victimized by male desire.
In each part the young man is handsome, wealthy and promiscuous, unreliable and admired by all. This time the possessive word, "Lover's", refers to a woman, who becomes the primary "speaker" of the work. An old man nearby approaches her and asks the reason for her sorrow.
She responds by telling him of a former lover who pursued, seduced, and finally abandoned her. She recounts in detail the speech her lover gave to her which seduced her. She concludes her story by conceding that she would fall for the young man's false charms again. The spoken prologue to the play, and the prologue to Act II are both written in sonnet form, and the first meeting of the star-crossed lovers is written as a sonnet woven into the dialogue.