Sonnet: Love And Love In Shakespeare's Sonnets

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The Renaissance time period can be traced back to 13th century Italy, specifically in Florence. Philosophers, writers, and artists of this time period felt as though this was a period of reawakening for new philosophies and moral beliefs. Francesco Petrarca, or commonly known as Petrarch, is considered to be one of the first writers of the Renaissance time period. Petrarch sonnets were known to be about love in all capacities and emotional states of one’s well being. Petrarch’s sonnets were all typically written in an incredibly bleak and dull tone. William Shakespeare, a famous poet, writer, and playwright, followed in Petrarch’s footsteps and wrote 154 sonnets about beauty, love, and sadness. In this essay, the reader will understand how…show more content…
In contrast to the above statements, in sonnet 147, towards the end of it, Shakespeare starts to feel resentment and rage about his experience with this woman he loved. He most likely felt betrayed and disgusted with what was going on with his relationship. Shakespeare conveys to his readers the anger he feels towards his mistress, “For I have sworn thee fair and thought thee bright / Who art as black as hell, as dark as night” (13-14). Shakespeare is saying that in the beginning of the relationship he thought of his love as being beautiful and radiant, now he feels like this person 's soul is black and gloomy like the night. In disparity to Shakespeare’s feelings of his lover, Beyoncé expresses that she still loves her husband. She croons in her chorus, “Can 't you see there 's no other man above you? / What a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you” (24-25). Beyoncé is saying that she will always put her husband on a pedestal and that no other man could have been better than him. Then she continue onto question why is he walking all over her so wickedly when she continues to praise him so highly and remains loving him. Unlike Beyoncé, Shakespeare sees the deceit and lies for what it is. Somehow they come to different conclusion with the affairs. Even though Beyoncé was so astonishingly hurt by her husband 's deception, she somehow finds a way to still love him. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, Shakespeare has concluded that her energy was too dark and…show more content…
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). These statements both are saying that Shakespeare knows that he is breaking promises to possibly himself, his religion and others, by loving a married woman. Though he cannot put all the fault onto her, because his vows to love her were only there to exploit the love she was physically giving him. In connection to Shakespeare’s sonnet, Amy Winehouse’s You Know I’m No Good, she is singing about how she is the one in the committed relationship, yet cannot seem to stay loyal to her significant other. Winehouse may love him, but knows that she is not good for their relationship. In her chorus she sings, “I cheated myself / Like I knew I would / I told you I was trouble / You know that I 'm no good” (9-12). Winehouse is saying that she is cheating herself and her love life, by physically cheating on her partner. She believes that she is an inconvenience and worthless to the relationship.
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