MeetPatelENG214Introto PoetryProf.LotzJournal 2 – Close Reading I have chosen the sonnets of Shakespearesonnet 18 and 30, Collins sonnet and Monday and miller William’s Compassion.Each of these poems are not only short and powerfully send out messages oflife.
These poems remind us of the serenity of life and how every moment oflife and togetherness has to be cherished. Sonnet 18 of Shakespeare is one suchpowerful sonnet which says that however fleeting the changes in weather may beand seen as in the changes in the wind and the sun we could change the visionof the wind and the sun, but the love for the beloved will remainedundiminished. The poem as one reads it is just appraise for the beloved. Thepraise is so beautifully written that one presumes that the love is so strongthat every season as metaphorically written in the sonnet in comparison on forthe beloved. The beauty of the beloved is such a startling one that thecomparisons to the summer wilderness, pales in when the beauty who is temperateand mild shines through every extreme weather.
The language of the sonnet isfree verse and mildly aesthetic too. There is no use of the typicalShakespearean alliteration or assonance. Every line in the sonnet ends with aperiod suggesting complete lines unlike other poems and sonnets. The poetbegins with “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art lovelier and moretemperate:” This in itself is a new way to bring the sonnet with a question.This sonnet is not an exaggerated one as the seasons in their typical form arebrought in. A sonnet is a composition of 14 lines. Shakespeare is known for hisvery important use of this literary deices in almost all his poems. TheShakespearean sonnets are introduced by themes of immortality, time,procreation, and selfishness.
The poet uses these themes in an inter relatedmanner thematically and through imagery.The sonnet clearly gives the question in justthe opening lines and the following eleven lines are devoted to comparing theshades of weather to the beauty of the beloved. In essence this sonnet tries todrive home the beauty of the beloved is mild and temperate to the beauty of thedifferent seasons which are extremities with rough winds, short days, fleetingsunshine, withering during autumn and pale in winter.
But the beauty of thebeloved as the poet says will last forever and this will not perish and will beeverlasting as long as there is breath.The Sonnet 18 has been written as acontinuation of sonnet 17 where the poet looks to preserving the beauty of thebeloved thought as being temperate and mild. These two words are repeatedlyused to show how beauty can defy time as it is eternal. This is the importancegiven to the beauty. If one needs to understand the beauty of poetry, thenreading of Sonnet 18 is a must read. The sonnet is written in a way thatcaptures the imagination of the readers in a very simple manner.
The choice ofthe two things to be comrade is the weather which everyone can easilyunderstand with the beauty of a person which can also be fathomed and clearlyunderstood. Right through the sonnet one can see theimagery of growth testified in every sense of perfection. the comparisons toflowers, desire, selfishness, famine in abundance are peculiar vistas of greatperfection in using words. The sonnet is filled with not only details ofeveryday life that the poet brings upon himself to cast, but is veryintelligently connected to each other in subsequent lines as the poem progresses.The use of words like increase can be read in two forms here. One as the gainshown by nature in procreation and the other in the sense of a contracted termin trade.
There is also a pointed reference to niggardly which in all sensesrefers to being miserly and hoarding. The sonnet exclusively uses theapplicability of dual structure of meanings to bring out the superior words ofthe poet. The sonnet is very simple in words yet rich in text and ascriptions.