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presentation about the sonnet form and a text to text analysis.

meg hamel

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of SONNETS!

THE SONNET HISTORY of THE SONNET A sonnet, a form of poetry invented in Italy, has 14 lines with a specific rhyme scheme.
The topic of most sonnets written in Shakespeare's time is love–or a theme related to love.
Poets usually wrote their sonnets as part of a series, with each sonnet a sequel to the previous one, although many sonnets could stand alone as separate poems.
Sonnets afforded their author an opportunity to show off his ability to write memorable lines. In other words, sonnets enabled a poet to demonstrate the power of his genius in the same way that an art exhibition gave a painter a way to show off his special techniques.
Shakespeare’s Sonnets William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets.
Shakespeare wrote his sonnets in London in the 1590's during an outbreak of plague that closed theaters and prevented playwrights from staging their dramas.
Generally, Shakespeare's sonnets receive high praise for their exquisite wording and imagery.
Readers of his sonnets in his time got a taste of the greatness that Shakespeare exhibited later in such plays as Twelfth Night

The Form The Shakespearean sonnet (also called the English sonnet) has three four-line stanzas (quatrains) and a two-line unit called a couplet.

A couplet is always indented; both lines rhyme at the end. The meter of Shakespeare's sonnets is iambic pentameter.

The rhyming lines in each stanza are the first and third and the second and fourth. In the couplet ending the poem, both lines rhyme. All of Shakespeare's sonnets follow the same rhyming pattern.

A couplet is a pair of lines of meter in poetry and verse. It usually consists of two lines that rhyme and have the same meter DEFINITIONS Examples: RHYME SCHEME: ABAB
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date;
Iambic pentameter: A scary word for a simple meter or RHYTHM of words. ta TUM/ta TUM/ta TUM SONNET 18

William Shakespeare Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date;

Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;

Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,

When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Should I compare you to a summer's day?

You are way prettier and calmer than that :

Because sometimes in summer, it gets windy and the buds on the trees get shaken off

And Summer only lasts a really short time;

Sometimes the sun is too hot,

and many times it is overcast,

and everything beautiful eventually starts to get old and gross,

either by some unforseen circumstance, or nature's course.

But your beauty will never, ever, fade

or lose its natural loveliness,

even Death will not be able to claim you and take yourbeauty away

when in my eternal poetry you will grow.

As long as there are people who see and breathe,

this (poem) will always exist and give you life.

The rhyme scheme of a sonnet is ABAB/CDCD/EFEF/GG Analysis: The opening line poses a simple question which the rest of the sonnet answers. The poet compares his loved one to a summer’s day and finds the person to be “more lovely and more temperate.”

The poet discovers that love and the person's beauty are more permanent than a summer’s day because summer is tainted by occasional winds and the eventual change of season. While summer must always come to an end, the speaker’s love for the person is eternal. By permanently writing it down. Oh, the power of words!
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