Brooks created a poem called Sonnet-Ballad, immediately states the structure of the poem, that is a modern sonnet and ballad. Although ballads are typically about love or death, Brooks shifts the meaning of this poem which is suppose to be about love but instead has a unique metaphor about death. The ballad introduces a young woman crying about her partner being drafted into the war. She even uses a metaphor comparing her heart to "an empty heart cup" (L 3), to express how heartbroken and empty she feels. Later the thought of cheating while he is in war comes up, but she does not accuse him of cheating with a woman, she accuses him of cheating with death.
Whether it is unrequited love, love that is lost, or love that could have possibly never been there in the first place. When comparing and contrasting these sonnets and contemporary songs, the reader will get to see love that is hardened by the hardships of infidelities and lies. In these songs and poems, love is a catastrophe that is facing much adversity. In sonnet 147, Shakespeare ended up being so appalled by his love life, that he said her soul was clouded by darkness. In Hold Up, Beyoncé somehow found a way to continue to love her husband, even with all of the grief he has put her through.
The theme of both poems is love. This is easily seen in Sonnet 18. Sonnet 18 says, “Thou art more lovely and more temperate,” through this Shakespeare is saying that his love is more beautiful than any summer day (line 2). In this poem, Shakespeare compares his lover to marvelous things. On the other hand, love is not as easily recognized in Sonnet 130.
The poem litany is based on Duffy’s childhood. The poem is introduced by an adult, who recollects back on a childhood memory. The "terrible marriages crackled" suggests that this is a metaphorical reference to a marriage falling apart. The women were appearing to be too frightened or scared to talk about their personal lives because of their fear and feeling vulnerable. The simile in stanza three: "which tensed the air like an accident" is a negative connotation such as awkwardness.
The poem “Love Song: I and Thou” by Alan Dugan is centered on the imperfections of a love relationship, and this idea is explained through the imperfection of the speaker's own marriage. This theme is brought to life in the poem with various figurative language such as imagery and metaphor. The speaker of this poem is described to be unhappy with the way his marriage has impacted his life. He describes the severe imperfections of his house when he says that “Nothing is plumb, level, or square” (l 1), but figuratively he is also talking about the mistakes and downfalls of his life and marriage. He feels that everything that he has done is wrong.
This poem resembles a ballad because it song like. This poem shows the ugliness of racism and crime. The ugliness of racism takes innocent lives and sometimes, young ones. It is not the mother’s fault for sending her child to church. She was doing what she needed to and what she thought was right to protect her daughter.
The lover will not lose ‘his’ beauty and will not die, also the poet is using a grafting metaphor to join parts of two plants together with cords so that they grow as one. Thus, the beloved becomes immortal grafted to time with the poet's cords. The sonnet ends with a couplet (two lines) The immortality of love and beauty through poetry provides the speaker with his beloved’s eternal summer. Though they might die and be lost to time, the poem will survive, will be spoken of, will live on when they do not. Thus, through the words, his beloved’s beauty will also live
This theme is basic spirit of all sonnets of him. His treatment of love has something divine quality. “His love is ideal love and surpasses the love of Dante for his Beatrice and the love of Petrarch for his Laura. Nor could Mrs. Browning, in her sonnets, written much later and addressed to her husband, equal Shakespeare’s ardor and fervor.” 5 It is classical
The Hardships of love Everyone goes through struggles and difficulties in their relationships, achieving goals and overall everyday life. The theme “The hardships of love”, showcases how maintaining love is difficult, why not to expect love to be easy, the challenge of putting yourself second and knowing why hardships in love exist. Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare, Trials by Frank Mandarano, I will always love you by Whitney Houston and Valentine by Caroline Duffy, all exhibit these challenges. Sonnet 116, by William Shakespeare is an Elizabethan sonnet which portrays an utopian view of love. However, the poem also discloses the hardships and challenges people trying to maintain love can face such as death, opposing third parties, tempests and time.
The use of iambic pentameter in poetry is usually to signify grand emotions. The poet’s use of iambic pentameter when questioning the meaning of love in the first line suggests that love is a grand, positive emotion. However, as the poem progresses, the metrical feet used also changes to iambic tetrameter. For example, the line ‘it is a fire, it is a coal’ is written in iambic tetrameter. By downsizing the metrical feet in the poem, the poet suggests that love often falls short of expectations, especially when unrequited.