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Transcript of Sonnet 147
William Shakespeare My love is as a fever, longing still
For that which longer nurseth the disease,
Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill,
The uncertain sickly appetite to please.
My reason, the physician to my love,
Angry that his prescriptions are not kept,
Hath left me, and I desperate now approve,
Desire is death, which physic did expect.
Past cure I am, now reason is past care,
And frantic-mad with evermore unrest;
My thoughts and my discourse as madmen's are,
At random from the truth vainly express'd;
For I have sworn thee fair and thought thee bright,
Who art as black as hell, as dark as night. It is believed that Shakespeare was born April 23rd
1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He is the son of John Shakespeare and
Mary Arden. Shakespeare was an English Playwright and poet. Shakespeare's surviving work includes 38 plays and 154 sonnets. He married a lady by the name of Anne Hathaway with whom he had three children: Susana, Hamnet and Judith. Shakespeare died on April 23rd 1616 at the age of 52. This poem was apart of his "dark lady sonnets" all having similar themes. bvgfgfg Literary Devices:
4. Metaphor Shakespeare uses the literary device of foreshadowing throughout the first twelve lines in this poem. By using foreshadowing effectively, Shakespeare draws the reader into his sonnet and envelopes them in a tragic tale. This leads to the dramatic final couplets which, because of the successful use of foreshadowing, have a much stronger impact. By using this, the final couplet is emphasized, letting the message of betrayal sink in. Foreshadowing sONNET 147 "Who art (poet's lover) as black as hell, as dark as night"
In the final line in this sonnet Shakespeare uses this simile to demonstrate to the reader that this woman is wicked in every sense. By comparing this woman to the eternal damnation and pain of hell and the utter blackness of night the reader understand how evil and demonic this woman is. Simile Personification "My reason, the physician to my love,
Angry that his prescriptions are not kept,"
Shakespeare personifies his "reason" or the logic in his brain as an angry physician. He uses this to explain to his reader that while he knows logically that this love may very well be the end of him, the "prescriptions are not kept", meaning that he isn't listening to his reason but rather his lust for this woman. This emphasizes how obsessed he is and really makes the reader picture how lost he is to this all-controlling love. "Desire is Death."
Shakespeare's use of this metaphor is powerful. The reader can now understand plainly that it was "desire" or lust that is driving Shakespeare mad. In this Metaphor Shakespeare is comparing his desire for this woman to death, proving that the poet knows that this love is bad for him but that he cannot help himself and lusts after her. Metaphor Obsession- Throughout this poem it is plainly seen that Shakespeare is obsessed with this woman (or possibly man). "My love is as a fever, longing still" which shows that even though this love is his illness, Shakespeare still longs and lusts after this lover. He cannot stop thinking about her.
Hopeless- "Past cure I am, now reason is past care" The theme of hopelessness can easily be seen in this line. He does NOT believe there is any hope for him to recover from this "illness" that is love.
Heartbreak/ Betrayal- "For I have sworn thee fair and thought thee bright,
Who art as black as hell, as dark as night"
This final couplet hints at some sort of betrayal. It states that the poet believed that this woman was perfect, an angel but than something happened, that we don't know of, that made this pure beautiful being seem evil and demonic. Themes THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO OUR PRESENTATION. Media