Another sonnet and contemporary pairing is, William Shakespeare’s sonnet 152 and Amy Winehouse’s You Know I’m No Good. In Shakespeare’s sonnet 152, he is writing about a man who is seemingly not in a committed relationship with anyone, but is having sexual relationships with a married woman. He is both frustrated with the position he is in, but wants to stay is this adulterous affair because he is a selfish man. The first line of the poem he states, “In loving thee thou know’st I am forsworn” (1). Then goes on to say, “I am perjured most / For all my vows are oaths but to misuse thee” (6-7).
Sound There are no complex use of alliteration or assonance in the poem, which is suitable for his message. The last rhyme does a sense of conclusion, which emphasizes despite all the recent undermining their beauty of his affection for his mistress. Settings, themes and ideas The basic idea in the poem is to challenge the poets who use too much hyperbole in their descriptions of their love. Shakespeare makes fun of the clichés of love poetry, such as the idea that their eyes are "like the sun". Through his down to earth descriptions he shows how unrealistic are the conventional metaphors.
A paradox, or self contradictory statement, is the perfect way for the speaker to express his predicament. He does not “ deserve pleasure”, but he also “does not deserve pain” explains the speaker’s feelings of guilt and remorse for his immense fortune, while the working class can barely get by. In parallel lines in his poem, the speaker uses the words “failed” and “successful.” He uses these words so close together to demonstrate the failure he and civilization throughout history has faced in order to be
This dialog leads to the speaker answer: your mortal body will die, but our love will live forever and even renew. He is making it clear, that this is a spiritual matter: however their love will live, it is not earthly love. Because of his fame, the poem being read again and again, is keeping love alive. The metaphors in "Sonnet 18" support the theme of internal love. To illustrate the speaker uses Personification, when speaking about summer: it has a golden complexion, which can be destroyed by clouds.
Meditations of time and change and their effects on beauty as well as the power of literature to stand against time. This is seen first as reproduction as, in sonnets 1-19 as Shakespeare urges a beautiful man to marry and procreate to preserve his beauty. For example sonnet 18; “…Thy eternal summer shall not fade… when in eternal lines to time thou growest.” And later as the power of poetry to mitigate the destructive nature of time against youth and memory. To generationally ensure the survival of the “darling buds of May.” Beauty which death cannot touch and time cannot erode. The object of the speaker’s devotion has been granted eternity by virtue of the lover who beholds them and whose words seek to encapsulate and commemorate them.
For the first time Equality feels desire and knows pain. For Liberty is so beautiful and “glowing” that she cannot be ignored. It, however, is against the commandments of Equality’s brotherhood to peruse her, as it would unbalance the mutual emotion between all men by creating preference. In a wretched battle of nature vs nurture, Equality finds that despite these regulations, he cannot stop himself from yearning for Liberty, whom serves as “blade of iron” cutting through to the undeniable truth that Equality is a selfish being, generally motivated by his own personal
However, all of these works seem foreign to him and while constantly sifting through the works of others, he loses the true intention of his writing. This hopeless attempt at taking the heart of another is a great contrast with “Jordan (II)”, which focuses on a man giving his heart away. The speaker is only hoping to express his “heavenly joys” (1. 1) and to give his love to God whilst wishing for nothing in return. While Sidney’s work depicts a selfish love, this is a much more selfless love in comparison because the intention of the speaker is for the world to understand how deep his devotion is without expecting a reward for his efforts.
It is a selfish and saintly love justified of respect and worship. In the poem, we can see his great attachment and dedication towards his beloved-Ann Moore, though being in love with her brought up disrespect and a bad reputation for him.In the very first lines of the poem, the speaker is addressing another person who is practically present and may be does not approve of his love affair with his beloved he says: “For God’s sake, hold your tongue and let me love”. The poem is a kind of passionate dramatic monologue through which the speaker is defending his act of love. The speaker asks him to keep mum and warns him not to interfere in the matter of his love. But the poem from its very beginning becomes very aggressive as the words suggest “For God’s sake”, where it refers to an acerbic suggestion of the speaker to defend his love.
He voices his admiration of himself in a way that he wants to love and take care of himself the way a spouse would. This can also be interpreted as Narcissus appreciating his own beauty because he is his conditioned by his peers, but he cannot fully love himself because he does not accept himself for who he is as a being. At the beginning of the poem, Narcissus is prideful of his appearance although, towards the end of the poem he realizes that he is looking at his reflection and cannot hold a romantic relationship with himself: “the world become cloudswell” (15). In the last line, Narcissus states that his world became dreary and dark due to his discovery that the body of water was showing his
When you develop an interest over somebody else, you would usually claim that this certain individual was the best. Sonnet 130, in contrary, took a diverging path through doing the exact opposite. With the phrase “false compare” as what I believe is the core representation of the poem, it breaks free from the usual love Petrarchan sonnets and utilizes a satiric method to express the speaker’s love to his mistress in a disparate way. Instead of expressing exaggerating superiors towards his mistress’s appearance, smell and voice, the speaker finds these thoughts to be skeptical and attempts to deny these “false comparisons” through negations. The speaker focuses on being realistic about the beauty of his mistress.