She hath Dian's wit” comparing Rosaline to the goddess of virginity. The phrase “Cupid’s arrow” is one that is common in classical literature about love and it is clear that Rosaline is simply a target for this learned affection. Shakespeare’s use of oxymorons in Romeo’s speeches show the poetic nature of his ‘love’ for Rosaline. For example in the very first scene of the play Romeo uses the oxymorons “waking sleep”, “O loving
Is love always a positive influence? The poems “A Love Song” by William Williams and “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Shelley both discuss love. “A Love Song” is full of negative imagery, and suggests that love changes how one sees the world for the worse. In contrast the poem “Love’s Philosophy” uses positive diction and beautiful imagery to convey the idea that love is something to be desired by all. Both authors convey these themes using the literary devices of diction, imagery, and tone.
17/PELA/001 Self-referentiality in Amoretti Spenser’s Amoretti (1595) is one of the best records of Elizabethan Petrarchan love sonnet tradition. The sonnets serve the purpose of personal revelation about his courtship with Elizabeth Boyle. Along with the expression of love, Spenser’s sonnets highlight the centrality of art (Brown). The paper attempts to study instances of self-referentiality in Amoretti that emphasize the element of ‘metapoetry’, wherein the poems explore the craft of its own creation and are conscious of being written. The speaker of the Amoretti is a fictionalized “poet-lover-worshipper” (Kellogg).
Through a discussion of literary devices, compare the themes and moods in Walcott 's ‘Love After Love’ and Shakespeare 's ‘Sonnet 18’. Many poems talk about love or express love as the theme; love is a common theme in poems because it is an important part of life that everyone has to go through. In the two poems to be discussed, although they have the same theme i.e. love, Walcott’s poem is concerned with self-love while Shakespeare’s sonnet is concerned with a different type of love i.e. romantic love.
According to (Cash, 2013), Shakespeare shows the fault in romantic love by contrasting it with anti-romantic love. In Romeo and Juliet, binary opposition is used to convey this. Binary opposition can be explained as a literary device that uses two opposite concepts to convey contrast (Baldick, 2008). This device is used to emphasize opposing themes when compared and provides a deeper understanding of the characters. It enhances the readers experience and provides comic relief.
That may sound deceptively simple; for behind it lies a great part of the Neo-Platonist philosophy of the Renaissance. Why did Shakespeare close Theseus and Hippolyta to frame his dream-story? This is the kind of question we ought to ask whenever he brings in mythological figures; because they are always more than ornament, they are part of his parable as well. The Theseus-and –Hippolyta theme – as it is presented to us here – is the turning of a war into a wedding, a sword into a ring: out of chaos has come a birth of beauty. It is to this that the regal couple in the background owe their stability.
This pure meditation reflects the Renaissance’s idea that true nobility is the one you achieve with your own merits, and using your capacities. In fact, Shakespeare says that this sentiment elevates his social status to the point it becomes more important than a kingly one. Furthermore, the virtue that such a love possesses is also able to overcome the limits imposed by death. This can be seen in Sonnet 75 by Spenser, where the poet writes that, “Where whenas death shall all the world subdue, / Our love shall live, and later life renew.” (250). Spenser makes a very important point: the love he and his beloved share is so powerful that not even death can “subdue” it.
Shakespearean sonnets are one of the most influential and memorable part of English literature, well loved by audiences and open to interpretation. The sonnets are popularized by English poets. The sonnets differ from the Petrarchan sonnets in terms of their styling and feature several recurring themes such as love, lust and the futile nature of passing time. Shakespearean sonnets can be grouped together as several share common themes and messages such as beauty, love, nature, inevitable aging and ultimately death. Shakespeare’s sonnet feature two main characters, the narrator, who is presumed to be Shakespeare himself and a young man.
Literature aims to flourish truth and beauty which resonate the elegance of delight and blow the breezes of spiritual well being in human thought. Rabnidranath Tagore, Sobriquet Gurudev,a Bengali Polymath and first Non- European Nobel laureate and John Keats, the great English romantic and poet of beauty reshaped their own distinctive region’s literature with profoundly sensitive, vigorous and well composed works where truth and beauty are merged as the majestic and all encompassing spirits. Tagore in his romantic expression has poured intense solemnity and comfort with a keen search of beauty in things. He has also sought to explore the greater underlying truth of these beauties in complete spiritual realization. To John Keats, beauty stands as the spirit of life and art.