Shakespeare Sonnet Repetition

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Ala’a Alshareef

Prof Jeffrey Champlin

Literary analysis


Repetition is the repeat of a specific phrase, word, sentence or even a line more than one

time, with no placement of the later in the word to confirm the speech, also it gives the speech a

musical tone, however it classified for 10 type, which is Antanaclasis, Epizeuxis, Conduplicatio,

Anadiplosis, Anaphora, Epistrophe, Mesodiplosis, Diaphora, Epanalepsis, and Diacope. Usual it

is used in the literary works such as stories, novels, poem …etc, some of the biggest writers use

it in their work, such as William Shakespeare, who is classified as the biggest writer in English

language and called “Bard of Avon” and “England’s national poet” with 38 plays, 154 sonnets,
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Maybe Shakespeare use this type of repetition to move

from tune to another tune by making it a strong bound. In the repeated of “love” in “love loves”

Shakespeare moving from sadness, because they was laying on each other, to happiness, because

they lie with knowing that and they still love each other, so it must be having a change in the

tune between sadness and happiness for this sonnets. However, he also made a strong musical

bound when he ends his sonnets by cooling down his sonnets suddenly when he says “love’s fire

heats water, water cools not love”, maybe Shakespeare try to make the emotional reader, (who

read and feel the text), to read his writing with the tune which Shakespeare wants.

Conduplicatio, which mean the repeat of a word or a phrase more than one time in one

paragraph. But in the sonnets, more than one time in the same sonnet, for example in sonnet 18

the word “fair” have been repeated three times, two times in the 7th line and one time in the
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