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Sonnet 147 by William Shakespeare

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Luis Hernandez

on 22 January 2014

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Transcript of Sonnet 147 by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 147 by William Shakespeare
Figurative Language
Shakespeare throughout all of his poems uses many similes and metaphors to stress and magnify the importance of his words. He actually starts off this poem with a metaphor: "My love is as a fever, longing still". This gives the audience a negative connotation. As well he refers to the emotion love as a person. He personifies love and gives it characteristics of influence. He expresses his feelings as if they were people changing his way of thinking and acting.
We find that there is a little bit of a negative tone because of the way he is describing love as an illness or disease. Shakespeare sounds alittle bit bitter and frustrated when he writes about his feelings and how they wont easily leave him. "The uncertain sickly appetite to please" makes the reader feel as if he is not sure that he wants to keep feeling the same way. "And frantic-mad with evermore unrest" shows that he's tired and gets even more frustrated.
The theme of this sonnet is to tell the audience that love doesn't always work in your favor. Love isn't as jovial/great as it seems. Shakespeare in his couplet tells what he thought about love before encountering it: "For I have sworn thee fari and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night
Summary and function of each stanza
The poem is about how Shakespeare feels about love and how its controllable but can easily control you. He refers to love as a disease; which is a metaphor meaning that love cant always be cured or easy to get rid off. All throughout the sonnet he talks about how love just grows larger in him and not any time soon will he be free of Love's grasp
We believe the purpose of this poem was to show that not love is not what you think it is until you actually experience it, and see that it can sometimes be rough on the human soul and body.
We believe that the audience is anybody who has ever been or felt "Love". We believe that the love he is talking about is love between two people who are in a relationship. Shakespeare is writing to those who have ever felt the way he is feeling during the process of this sonnet.
The speaker is William Shakespeare who was an English poet and a playwright. He is widely reffered as to be the greates writer in English history.
Stanza Breakdown
Poem has 14 lines. Each line has 10 syllables. There are 3 sections of 4 lines each called quatrains. All lines in the quatrain rhyme with the one before the last. For example: The last word in the first line rhymes with the last word in the third line. Each stanza represents the stages a person goes through when they are sick or have an illness.
Type of sonnet
This is a shakespearean sonnet, and that it follows different rhyme schemes then an italian sonnet. This sonnet contains 14 lines and each line has 10 syllables each. Each line has a specific rhythm called an iambic pentameter. His sonnet includes 3 sections of 4 lines each, called quatrains. I t also has one section of 2 lines at the end called a couplet.
Rhyme Scheme
The rhyme scheme goes hand in hand with the rythm of this poem which is iambic pentameter. Iambic meaning a two syllable unit, one unaccented and one accented. Since it is an Shakespearean sonnet the rhyme scheme is : abab cdcd efef gg.
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