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Benjamin Smith

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Transcript of Sonnets

"Sonnet 18"

Theme: Beauty will live on forever despite age or time.

"Wife to Be"

Theme: There are always more fish in the sea.
Works Cited
Chris Baldick. "About the Sonnet". Modern American Poetry. Springfield: University of Illinois, 1990. <http://english.illinois.edu?maps/sonnet.htm.> 18 Oct. 2013.

Mabillard, Amanda. "An analysis of Shakespeare's sonnet 18." Shakespeare Online 2000. (18-10-13). <http://www.Shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/18detail.html>.

Nancy W. Miller. "Development of the Style." The Sonnet. 18 Oct. 2013. <http://www.lima.ohio-state.edu/dburks/201sonnet.htm>.

"Petrarehan Sonnet." Poetic Form: Sonnet. Academy of American Poets, 1997. 18 Oct. 2013. <http://poets.org/viewmediaphp/prmMID/5791>.

Chris Baldick. "About the Sonnet." Modern American Poetry. Springfield: University of Illinois, 1990. <http://english.illinois. edu/maps/sonnet.htm>. 18 Oct. 2013.

What is a sonnet?
14 lines
A poem that's a single, complete thought or idea
Usually is in iambic pentameter (10 syllables in each line that alternate stressed and unstressed syllables)
Rhymes are arranged according to the certain scheme
Main types are Shakespearean and Italian
In English form there is 3 quatrains (3 sets of 4 lines) followed by a couplet (2 lines)
Italian Style
Established as a form of love poetry

8 line octave followed by 6 line sestet

This transition is where the "turn" occurs

The octet is the question and the sestet is the answer

Shakespearean (English)
Written in Iambic Pentameter

Very Specific Rhyme scheme

14 lines split in 3 quatrains containing 4 lines each followed by a couplet

Throughout the 3 quatrains there is a theme or problem then is is resolved and finalized
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:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And ofter is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chanceor nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Not shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
I stroll along a fragrant country lane
With honey suckle perfume on the air
and feathered crooner's warble to revere
then cross a golden sea of flowing grain
in empathy- it seems to sense my pain
of knowing all was done with my affair
Her empty meaning now the solitaire
She cast away - betrothment all in vain.

But oceans team with many fish to catch
So i must up and hoist another sail
and seek the one that really waits for me,
For soon auspicious breezes will prevail
in guiding forth to find a truer match:
The one to take my hand as wife to be.
Once true love is found, the compassion will live on forever.
The poetic structure of sonnets further intensifies the ability to portray ideas within the text.
By: Chris Fernandez
Dani Crowder
Colton Hill
Clancy Fussell
Ben Smith
Types of Sonnets
Overall Theme for the Two Poems
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