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Shakespeare Sonnet 65

An analysis and comparison of sonnet 65.
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Gabryella Sherman

on 16 January 2013

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Transcript of Shakespeare Sonnet 65

No Fear By: Gabryella Sherman Sonnet 65
(No Fear) By: William Shakespeare By: William Shakespeare Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o'er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright. Theme Sonnet 65 is basically a continuation of Sonnet 64 and it meditates on the theme that nothing can withstand time's ravages. Interpretations Literal and Symbolic Literal Meaning Literal Meaning of Sonnet 65 Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea Since brass, stone, or sea
But sad mortality o'er sways their powers Are going to die
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea How can beauty withstand a destructing force
Whose action is no stronger than a flower? When their strength is similar to a flower
O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out How will the honeyed breath of summer withstand
Against the wreckful seige of battering days Against the battering storm that is time
When rocks inpregnable are not so stout When mortality even destroys
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays? Great rocks and gates made of iron
Oh fearful meditation! where, alack, What a frightening thought! For there, alas,
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid? Can his lover be hid from Time's chest
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back? What hand can restrain the foot of Time
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid? Who can destroy beauty?
O, none, unless this miracle have might, None, unless their is miracle in my words
That in black ink my love shall still shine bright, That my love may live forever in this poem Symbolic Meaning Symbolic Meaning of Sonnet 65 Shakespeare realizes that many things that seems indestructible are ruined by time, then how is his lover going to stay alive. He hopes his lover will not succumb to Time, which for his lover is old age, and death. Shakespeare's words indicate that he hopes his hidden love can stay incognito from old age and basically become immortal. Although Shakespeare hopes that his lover will withstand Time(death), and his beauty will remain fresh, he know that they will both one day expire. At the end of his sonnet (the couplet), Shakespeare states that unless his words are magic or miraculous, he and his lover shall perish. In the end his love shall always live forever in the text. Literary and Poetical Devices Alliteration- 'steel so strong'
Antithesis-'How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower?'
Assonance- 'hand can'
Conflict- There is conflict between time, and Shakespeare's lover
Consonance- 'hand hold his'
Extended Metaphor- Summer's battle against Time
Hyperbole- 'Whose action is no stronger than a flower'
Metaphor- 'Shall Time;s best jewel from Time's chest lie hid'
Personification- Time, beauty Parallel Artwork Artist Bio Lina Basile lives in a small regional village on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and gains inspiration from her environment. She enjoys the process and relationships between media and it gives her great satisfaction. She rescues and rehabilitates Aussie native wildlife and cares for 2 abandoned dogs. As an opportunist, She carries a camera as well as sketch pad wherever she goes, however she does not paint from photos so but captures the two genres. William Shakespeare Bio Shakespearean sonnets, named after William Shakespeare, have the following rhyme scheme: abab, cdcd, efef, gg. It is divided into three quatrains, or four lines -- the first of which is abab -- and one ending couplet -- gg. The first line in the first quatrain rhymes with the third line; both are "a"; the second line rhymes with the fourth, which are both "b." And so on. Shakespearean Sonnet Charecteristics Bibliography "Comparing Plant And Animal Cells VENN Diagram." Comparing Plant And Animal Cells VENN Diagram. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013. <http://www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/science/cell/2/>.
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"William Shakespeare Biography." YouTube. YouTube, 31 May 2012. Web. 14 Jan. 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw-J7GbwNV4>. TPCASTT T- Title- What does the Title mean literally? The title of the poem is No fear (Sonnet 65). It means to be fearless. P- Paraphrase- What does the poem mean beyond the literal? This sonnet is about how Shakespeare attempts to overcome mortality with his immortal poetry. Since Summer is symbolic of life it is engaged in battle with time, which is an extended metaphor. Shakespeare was obviously disturbed by the endless passage that is Time. But in the end Shakespeare has hope that there is some miraculous way, that beauty can live forever (his lover). He believes his love will forever be sustained in the text, and so will the answer. C- Connotation- What does the poem mean beyond the literal. This poem translates that beauty along with all other earthly things will not live forever. All human creations will cease to exist after being captured by Time. Yet, the only thing that has stopped the swift foot of time is love. Therefore, Shakespeare's love for his lover will live forever in his work, and so will any other true love. A-Attitude- What are the feelings expressed by the Author? In Sonnet 65, up until the couplet, Shakespeare uses harsh words like rage, wreckful, battering, and stout. When describing beauty ( his lover) he use soft words: honey, breath, and plea. In the couplet, Shakespeare's optimism shows and he uses softer words such as shine and miracle. S- Shift What changes in speakers and attitudes occur in the poem? The shift in Sonnet 65 occurs at the end of line 11. Line 11 is: " Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back." Line 11 continues with the harsh words of the other 10 lines. After line 11 in lines 12-14, Shakespeare's attitude changes from skeptical to hopeful. T- Title II - Fresh Perspective After reading the poem the title No Fear could mean that there is no need to worry about beauty because it will die always, but if your love its true, you will have nothing to fear. T- Theme- What does the poem mean? The theme of this poem is about the ravages of time, and the only earthly thing it leaves untouched is love.
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