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Elements Of Shakespeare : An Analysis

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There are many elements in Shakespeare's sonnets life, selfishness, dreariness but the most important on of all is love. The way he describes love in his sonnets is very sensual, kind of like infatuation. He also uses elements of nature to describe the beauty of the woman or women in his sonnets. In sonnet 19 the speaker states “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” (Shakespeare Lines 1-2) He is comparing a woman to a summers day which is commonly presumed as beautiful, bright, delightful and then they state that she is more lovelier and more mild than than a summers day. Throughout the sonnet the speaker is basically saying that summer itself does not last long enough and that her eternal summer will not fade , and she will not lose her beauty with time. She will be forever beautiful to him and no dark clouds, rainy days, will make him lose sight of her beauty. In sonnet 15 the speaker says “When I perceive that men as plants increase, Cheered and checked even by the self-same sky, Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease, and wear theur brave state out of memory.” (Shakespeare lines 5-8) What the speaker is saying in these lines is, when he observes that men grow like plants he realizes they are encouraged and raised by the same sky, wallowing in their youthful demenior and then declining when they are at their height, then they vanish until their glory is no longer remembered.
Shakespeare also uses some religious elements in his sonnets. In sonnet 29 the speaker cries “ I all alone beweep my outcast state, and trouble deaf heav'n with my bootless cries.” (Shakespeare lines 2-3) He is saying when he is alone he cries to himself and to God with useless cries. He in a sense believes God does not hear him nor care to hear him. Throughout the sonnet he wishes he had good looks, fine wealth, but at the end of the day he realizes he has this beautiful woman who stands beside him. He then starts going on about how beautiful and just she is. Even on his worst days when he thinks of her its like he leaves earth and sings hymns at heavens gates. When he feels her sweet love, he feels so wealthy. He feels so wealthy by her love he wouldn't change places with a king. In sonnet 15 the speaker speaks about his belief that life is one big stage, in which the stars secretly control the outcomes and destinies of every living thing. (Shakespeare Lines 3-4)
Selfishness is also a common element in Shakespeare's sonnets . It is most present in sonnet 39 the speaker says “O how thy worth with manners may I sing, When thou art all the better part of me? ,What can mine own praise to mine own self bring, An what is't but mine own when I praise thee? Even for this, let us divide live.” (Shakespeare Lines 1-5) He is stating how can he celebrate her worth in his poems without being conceited because she is the other half of him. He is asking what good does it do him to praise himself, he asks if he does anything...

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