Poetic Love Essay

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Poetry is literature that conveys deeper feelings by using connotations, poetic devices,
rhymes, and language. Poets use rhyme scheme, structured pattern in the sonnet that rhyme the words at the end of a line. Imagery is used to make the reader think and feel about what the author wants to convey about topics such as love. In the poems “What My Lips Have Kissed, And Where And Why”, by Edna Vincent Millay, and “Sonnet 130”, by William Shakespeare;; the authors use rhyme scheme and imagery. Shakespeare uses the change in rhyme scheme as an ironic surprise in the last couplet, while Millay uses the rhyme scheme to reminisce about lost love, both poems are infused with imagery to paint a vivid ...view middle of the document...

Because of her promiscuous tendencies she subconsciously lets what really matters slide through the cracks of life. The last six lines she feels lonely and realizes how she had lost love and opportunity. By saying, “Thus in winter stands a lonely tree”, the author uses this change in rhyme scheme to portray Millay as a lost soul. Shakespeare’s uses rhyme scheme to flip the context abruptly while Millay uses rhyme scheme to give the reader the context of her lost love and shows the reader were she is in her love life in the second half of her sonnet.
Shakespeare and Millay use imagery to paint a picture for the readers. They use it to make the reader see what they want to convey about the topic of love. In Sonnet Shakespeare elaborates on his mistress’ image proclaiming, “If hair be wires, black wires grow on her
head” (4 Shakespeare). He has created an image of his mistress’ hair as stringy and unattractive conveying the image to the reader that she is run down and exhausted. Millay uses imagery to represent her lost love by explaining, “I have forgotten in what arms have lain” (2 Millay). She is conveying an image of the number of lovers she has been involved with. On the other hand, Shakespeare’s style of imagery is to conjure up a vivid image while Millay’s imagery is more subdued.
The two poets use rhyme scheme and imagery in two different ways to create different pictures in their readers mind. Shakespeare uses the English sonnet’s rhyme scheme to surprise the reader in the last couplet by expressing his love for his mistress. While...

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