Sonnet Essays

Development of English Sonnet

It is the Italian sonnet (or Petrarchan) which is the legitimate form, for it alone recognizes that peculiar unbalance of parts which is its salient characteristic. The English sonnet does something rather different with the form which is not quite as interesting or as subtle. English took Petrarchan sonnet, modified and elevated it to most celebrated and well-known form of poetry. Petrarchan sonnet was restricted to the idealization of women and illustration of the agonies of amorous affairs but English…

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_ozymandias_ by Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Ozymandias” (pron.: /ˌɒziˈmændiəs/,[2] also pronounced with four syllables in order to fit the poem’s meter) is a sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley, published in 1818 in the 11 January issue of The Examiner in London. It is frequently anthologised and is probably Shelley’s most famous short poem. It was written in competition with his friend Horace Smith, who wrote another sonnet entitled “Ozymandias” seen below. In addition to the power of its themes and imagery, the poem is notable for…

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Comments Upon Sonnets from the Portuguese

SONNET 13 In the first two lines of “Sonnet 13”, Elizabeth Barrett Browning asks Robert if he wants her to write how she feels about him. In lines 3 and 4, she uses the metaphor of a torch in rough winds, which is meant to enlighten what is between them. In line 5, she drops it and goes on to say she cannot describe what she feels between them. In lines 6 through 8, she says she cannot risk herself…

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Sir Philip Sidney

“Thou blinds man mark” one of Sir Philip Sidney’s most famous poem, he writes about desire. In the poem Sir Philip Sidney complains about desire yet he shows us how he was able to overcome desire. He starts off in the poem by saying the following “Thou Blind Man’s mark, thou fools self chosen share” He uses the sentence as a metaphor to compare desire to a snare. Sidney sees desire as a trap, if were to get a hold…

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Formal Features of Remember by Christina Rossetti

“Remember” is a sonnet by a poetess of Victorian England, Christina Rossetti. The poem was written in 1849 but was first published in 1862 in “Goblin Market and Other Poems” by Rossetti (Petacovic, 2009). Rossetti suffered from ill health throughout her life (Shanks, 2010); she seemed to be obsessed with her death and therefore wrote several poems (“Song”, “The One Certainty”) exploring the theme of death. Christina Rossetti was only 19 when she wrote “Remember”. Scholars believe that the poem…

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The Sound of the Sea

“The Sound of the Sea” is a sonnet by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, describing the sounds of the sea and relating it to human inspiration. Through only auditory images of the sea and other powerful natural forces, Longfellow effectively alludes to the nature of human inspiration. Through detailed and sensory imagery, Longfellow communicates the subtle details of the human soul and how inspiration functions. The Sound of the Sea” consists of fourteen lines and a particular rhyme scheme (abba abba cde…

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Sonnet Lvii

The sonnet narrates the speaker’s unrequited and sacrificial love to the person addressed who is repressed by fear of his own love for the person. Consequently, the speaker’s actions are directed towards the person or object of love as the speaker is a ‘slave’ without no choice but to follow the desires of the person addressed. The use of slave in the sonnet literally means that the person is in the services of the person addressed and blindly follows orders…

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