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Analysis Of Shakespeare’s And Frost’s Poetry Of Sonnets

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Whenever you hear the name William Shakespeare, your mind automatically think of his dramatic plays, like Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare is also a poet, which he has won recognition for in his time. Robert Frost is also one of the most recognized poets or authors of any literary period. Shakespeare is an important literary figure of the Western world, who, during the Elizabethan period; composed numerous plays that still dominate the theaters to this day (Wikipedia). Frost was an American poet. He is “highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech” (Wikipedia). Both of these poets have written sonnets that portray love or loneliness, that when analyzed, the poems will reveal much more than meets the eye.
William Shakespeare created his sonnet in reference to an Italian poet by the name of Francesco Petrarch, who spent majority of the 14th century writing a series of love poems to his love interest named Laura (Helium). Shakespeare’s sonnet “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun,” on the surface could be interpreted exactly as the title states: Shakespeare has a mistress, who although he saw something in her to be with her, has eyes unlike the sun. However, although it is similar to that description broken down, Shakespeare had a much deeper theme and meaning behind the poem. Shakespeare’s sonnet follows a rhyming scheme of abab cdcd efef gg. Like stated previously, Shakespeare compares a mistress of his eyes to the sun. Shakespeare mentions that even though the sun is beautiful, the eyes of his mistress fail in comparison. He immediately establishes his speaker as a bitter man who is disappointed in his mistress’ beauty, as it is not as beautiful as he would like. He relates that her eyes have their own type of beauty, but does not compete with the sun. Shakespeare poem refutes what typical common men will say to someone they are in a relationship with, which is that “their women have the light of the sun in their eyes, coral lips, and rosy cheeks” (Wikipedia). He wants the readers to know why some men will say that to women that simply is not true, at least not to him when he sees his mistress. When he says: “And in some perfumes is there more delight /than in the breath that from my mistress reeks,” (Shakespeare) he is saying the scent of his mistress is not a perfume smell, that her breath has an odor. Shakespeare poem brings to light the reality that someone’s breath will not always be fresh and will have some days when they do not look their best, and over a period of time, the attraction that a couple felt in the beginning will fade; a couple will need much more than a physical connection to last or stay together. Shakespeare has two parts to this sonnet because to the reader, the beginning of the sonnet has a negative aspect or appeal to it but towards the end, he adds some positivity to it.
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