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As we look at our society at large we notice that things are often changing. We can notice trends changes everywhere around us as time changes. As time changes, we can also notice that things are continuously being redefine. Poetry changes in a similar way. As we look at poetry we notice that the original usage of poetry is being redefine to some, but to others it remains the same. We also notice that as time changes the poets wanted to use poetry in different forms, not only as something they set out to do. In poetry we often find poets working with or against themes, motifs, forms, or aesthetic dilemmas that they have inherited and that they feel the need to modify, correct, critique, or ...view middle of the document...

The summer is too hot and sweaty for him to compare her to it. The seasons are too short in his opinion, so he cannot compare her to them. He thinks that her beauty is eternal. Moreover he thinks her beauty is even more eternal because he wrote about her in his poems. What made my understanding of this poem more clearly was the fact that he talked about comparing her to a summer day, but never does. I think thins irony in the poem helps us picture and think about this woman beauty as way more beautiful than a summer day. I think if Shakespeare had actually compared this woman to a summer day, then her beauty would just be an ordinary one, instead of the extraordinary beautiful person he described in the poem. This poem is an example of how the sonnets were used in early history. It was used to flatter someone romantically. The sonnet in this case was used to address someone you love or admire.
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” is a Shakespearean sonnet. A Shakespearean sonnet is written in iambic pentameter and ends in a heroic couplet. A heroic couplet is a consecutive rhymed lines in and iambic pentameter. We can tell that “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” to a summer day is a sonnet because it is a 14 lines iambic pentameter; which is the definition of a sonnet. But when we look at the last two lines of “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” we can tell that it is a Shakespearean sonnet because it rhymes.
Unlike Shakespeare who used the sonnets for romantic poems to address someone he loved, John Donne used the sonnets in a different form. The sonnets were used to address God when Donne used it. In the poem ‘Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness’, Donne used the as a holy sonnet. He uses it to address God. In this poem Donne talked about when he died he will become tunes heaven. “Since I am coming to that holy room Where, with thy choir of saints for evermore, I shall be made thy music”. He is happy that his final days are coming because he would no longer be harmed or have to return to this earth. The speaker also addresses the question of where is home is located. He wonders if it is located in the pacific ocean of in the Jerusalem, the home of his God. Donne thinks that “Paradise and Calvary, Christ’s cross, and Adam’s tree” is all one, so therefore Christ is integrated in him and embraces his soul. Addressing God is not what a sonnet was originally used for, but as time changed Donne used it for this purpose.
Donne was one of the poet who changed the standard usage of a sonnet. Instead of using the sonnet as a romantic poem, he used it as holy poem; thus giving it the name the holy sonnet. We see Donne changed the poem line numbers itself. Instead of writing a sonnet that consists of fourteen lines, we see that in the poem ‘Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness’ consist of thirty lines. But what Donne took from the Shakespearean sonnet what the closure with a heroic couplet. ‘Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness’...

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