Critical Commentary: Sonnet 55, William Shakespeare There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to the poems of Shakespeare. Poets are particular with their choice and placement of words and it can be intriguing to dig a little deeper and try to uncover the true meanings and significance of what is written. Shakespeare is clever with his wordplay, diction, and literary devices to enhance the power of Sonnet 55. This particular poem seems to be addressing the same young man that is generally thought to be the addressee in the poems preceding this one. It is never made clear exactly whom this young man is but it is believed to potentially be the person the sonnets are originally dedicated to, a “MR W.H.”, but there has been no concrete evidence indicating exactly who Mr. W.H.
Even today you and I quote Shakespeare without knowing it: if you act more in sorrow than in anger, if you vanish into thin air or have ever been tongue-tied, hoodwinked or slept not one wink, you’re speaking the Bard’s English. Milton, say his fans, works on an altogether different, higher plane. In Paradise Lost – the best poem ever written in English – Milton moved beyond the literary to address political, philosophical and religious questions in a way that still resounds strongly today. In his complex, intellectual poetry he drilled down deep into the eternal truths and sought to embody new scientific discovery in his work.His engagement with the issues of the day – with the nature of knowledge, slavery, free will, love and creation – was unparalleled. Despite complete blindness in middle age, he was the English republic’s best known, most fervent apologist, and a key civil servant for Oliver Cromwell.
This creates a great sense of mystery and interest: the reader is getting a story told by a poet, who heard it from a traveler who may or may not have actually seen the statue. The monument itself is an expression of the sculptor, who may or may not have captured the passions of the king. The best interpretation of the king is not the statue, but the kings own words written on the pedestal, “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings.” The author chose to convey his story through poetry to create something more powerful and enduring than anything politics could have achieved – while eventually understanding that Shelly’s words too will eventually pass, the same as Ozymandias, also known as Ramesses’ II reign and ‘lasting’ impression eventually eroded into the sands of
ABSTRACT “Ulysses” is one of the most important poems by Lord Tennyson , the representative poet of the Victorian age. The poem records Ulysses’s passion for knowledge and adventure as well as his discontent with the domestic life at Ithaca. Emotions and strong passion have always been prevalent in every literature across the glove. The method of representing those passion , however , varies from one piece of literature to another. As a result , different branches of literature have come into being.
Today’s ever-progressive society is constantly updating the standards of all sorts of intangible, subjective ideals like love and what makes a man “masculine.” Although Shakespeare lived in the times where those ideas seemed to be pretty concrete and easily judged, his romantic comedies like Much Ado About Nothing challenged the standards of his time and paved the way for a more open-minded attitude towards these ideals. In this play full of trickery, farces and plenty of malapropisms, Shakespeare sends the character Benedick through a whirlwind of comedic situations that are finally resolved when he sacrifices his argumentative, “masculine” behavior and critical view of the world in favor of becoming whole through love because he, deep down, just wants to love and be loved in return- regardless of how “manly” he appears to be. Benedick values and cherishes those close to him, which allows him to renounce his bachelor ways and become a better man and lover because of it. At the beginning of the play, Benedick blindly acts in accordance to the “masculinity” he was raised to have without a second thought. His idea of what makes up a man does not exist independently from what makes up “masculinity.” Benedick believes that in order to be a real man, he has to be in control of himself and others- both physically and emotionally.
The story of Gilgamesh written by Sin-Leqi-Unninni was one of the first recorded epics in history. It tells the story of an arrogant king who displeased the gods and has to go through many trials and tribulations to redeem himself and become a wiser and more experienced king (Fogie). Epics brought many people together in union and gave young generation heroes to look up to in their own culture like Gilgamesh, The Iliad, and the Odyssey. The theme of Gilgamesh and many other epics are of heroism, camaraderie, and adventure. These themes allow
It is in the final couplet that Shakespeare explains the relevance of these opinions on beauty and truth to the young man whom the poem is most likely written for. This structure of an octave presenting an idea and the sestet containing a response with the concluding couplet being a summation was common for Shakespearean sonnets. The first
For centuries following this literary hero’s death, scholars have been intensely analyzing the details of Shakespeare’s works to learn about his insights on the aspects of human nature, which greatly surpass his times and influence our understanding of ourselves today. However, one of his most important ways of representing very serious themes and issues he found within his society is often overlooked: the use of the fool character trope. Shakespeare’s use of fools to comment on his play’s important themes and give the audience his views on those subjects, is an undervalued but essential aspect of his works. This common Renaissance dramatic trope that Shakespeare inverted used ditzy court jesters designed to make audiences laugh at their ridiculous words,
Imagery of Gardens in The Tragedy of King Richard II The Tragedy of King Richard II is one of Shakespeare’s plays which talks about leadership, particularly the causes of success and failure. In the play, Shakespeare gives an account where a leader rose to the position of a king thinking that it is God who has anointed him (Bevington, 2014). However, unlike the most likely expectation, this king, Richard II, engages in practices and a leadership style that ends up bringing more suffering to the people rather than helping them overcome the various challenges they faced. Throughout the play, Shakespeare traces how King Richard II rose to power, his style of leadership, and how this style ultimately leads to his failure (Bevington, 2014). To help the audience learn more about the leadership of England and its shortcomings during the reign of King Richard II, Shakespeare employs various styles, among them vivid imagery.
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