Sonnet Essay Examples

The atmospheres of Sonnet 43

Love’s many contradicting forms are portrayed in two dramatically different sonnets, Sonnet 43 and Sonnet 29. Though both poems are written in Petrarchan sonnet form, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Edna St. Vincent Millay chronicle two contrasting marriages and their distinct attitudes towards love. Millay’s pessimistic Sonnet 29 depicts unrequited love as a passive force causing… View Article

Consider how and why Shakespeare

“Consider how and why Shakespeare uses natural images in Sonnet XVIII, “Shall I compare thee… ” and act two, scene two, of “Romeo and Juliet”. In my coursework I am going to analyse two works of Shakespeare, these will be Sonnet XVIII and Romeo and Juliet. Both of these poems show share similarities, the main… View Article

Technical features of the sonnet form

There are a number of technical features of the sonnet form; first of all, all sonnets are fourteen lines long. There are ten syllables in each line, and most of the time they are in the form of iambic pentameter (limping five rhythm), this means that there are five stressed syllables at the start and… View Article

The History of the Sonnet

The word “sonnet” is derived from the Italian word “sonneto”, meaning little sound. It is a fourteen line poem, written in Iambic Pentameter, meaning short beat, long beat rhythm. The first word or syllable is unstressed, while the second is stressed, as in “delight”. A line in a sonnet has five of these, meaning there… View Article

Development of English Sonnet

It is the Italian sonnet (or Petrarchan) which is the legitimate form, for it alone recognizes that peculiar unbalance of parts which is its salient characteristic. The English sonnet does something rather different with the form which is not quite as interesting or as subtle. English took Petrarchan sonnet, modified and elevated it to most… View Article

Sonnet LVII

The sonnet narrates the speaker’s unrequited and sacrificial love to the person addressed who is repressed by fear of his own love for the person. Consequently, the speaker’s actions are directed towards the person or object of love as the speaker is a ‘slave’ without no choice but to follow the desires of the person… View Article

The Sound of the Sea

“The Sound of the Sea” is a sonnet by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, describing the sounds of the sea and relating it to human inspiration. Through only auditory images of the sea and other powerful natural forces, Longfellow effectively alludes to the nature of human inspiration. Through detailed and sensory imagery, Longfellow communicates the subtle details… View Article

Formal Features of Remember by Christina Rossetti

“Remember” is a sonnet by a poetess of Victorian England, Christina Rossetti. The poem was written in 1849 but was first published in 1862 in “Goblin Market and Other Poems” by Rossetti (Petacovic, 2009). Rossetti suffered from ill health throughout her life (Shanks, 2010); she seemed to be obsessed with her death and therefore wrote… View Article

Imagery in Shakespeare’s Sonnet

We all know that William Shakespeare is the best writer of his time and arguably of all time. His works have become household names that even the uneducated people know at least one work or a line from Shakespeare. Much credit to Shakespeare’s success is his way with words. The way he used them in… View Article

“Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Ozymandias” (pron.: /ˌɒziˈmændiəs/,[2] also pronounced with four syllables in order to fit the poem’s meter) is a sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley, published in 1818 in the 11 January issue of The Examiner in London. It is frequently anthologised and is probably Shelley’s most famous short poem. It was written in competition with his friend… View Article

Sir Philip Sidney

“Thou blinds man mark” one of Sir Philip Sidney’s most famous poem, he writes about desire. In the poem Sir Philip Sidney complains about desire yet he shows us how he was able to overcome desire. He starts off in the poem by saying the following “Thou Blind Man’s mark, thou fools self chosen share”… View Article

Shakespeare Sonnet 129

Sonnet 129 is an interesting poem in Shakespeare’s set of sonnets, supposedly, addressed to his dark mistress. This sonnet is full figurative language and other poetic devices that let the reader know exactly how the poet feels about the emotions and dangers associated with lust. He also uses interesting punctuation choices that create the flow… View Article

First Poem for You

The Shakespearean sonnet “First Poem for You” has an iambic pentameter and consistent rhyme scheme. Every other line represents a true rhyme – the final accented vowels and all succeeding consonants or syllables are identical. For example the words “complete” and “neat” (Addonizio 1, 3). Every line of the poem has a basic stressed and… View Article

Analysis of Sonnet 43 and 30

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote Sonnet 43 during the prime of the Victorian Period, which lasted the duration of Queen Victoria’s throne between 1832 and 1901. Like some of the works during the Victorian period, Sonnet 43 was a reflective piece about the love of her life, Robert Browning. Elizabeth Browning showed this reflection by answering… View Article

Comments Upon Sonnets from the Portuguese

SONNET 13 In the first two lines of “Sonnet 13”, Elizabeth Barrett Browning asks Robert if he wants her to write how she feels about him. In lines 3 and 4, she uses the metaphor of a torch in rough winds, which is meant to enlighten what is between them. In line 5, she drops… View Article