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Transcript of Sonnet 97
The poet describes how being without the person he loves makes his life look depressing like winter.
He longs to be with his lover and his life is nothing without that person.
The poet misses that person to the point that summer seems and looks like winter to him. Themes Absence and separation Critical Interpretation Structure The structure is that of an iambic pentameter the rhyme scheme is: ABAB CDCD EFDF GG composed of three quatrains and a couplet at the very end. Literary Devices •“How like a winter hath my absence been”
Winter being metaphoric for death. “That leaves look pale, dreading the winter's near”
Personification takes place because leaves cannot feel anything. “What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen! What old December's bareness every where!”
Imagery is used to describe the setting of the poem. Works Cited Mabillard, Amanda. "An Analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 97". Shakespeare Online. 2000. http://www.shakespeare-online.com http://scengl288.blogspot.com/2010/12/annotation-of-sonnet-97.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Ffpy Paraphrase My separation from you has seemed like winter, since you give pleasure to the year.
Winter has seemed to be everywhere, even though in reality our separation occurred during summer and fall, when the earth produces plant life like a widow giving birth after the death of her husband.
Yet I saw these fruits of nature as hopeless orphans, since it could not be summer unless you were here;
since you were away, even the birds did not sing, or rather sang so plaintively that they made the very leaves look pale, thinking of winter. 1) Dowden says that “97 seems to begin a new group of sonnets, comprising 97, 98, and 99.” 2) Edward Hubler remarks on the “passages of unobtrusive melody and easy grace.” 3) Hilton Landry groups the sonnet with others, such as 54 and 55, in which the speaker is forced to call to mind an inferior mental substitute for his absent beloved. http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/sonnet/97