Sonnet Analysis

1221 words - 5 pages

What’s the first thought that pops
in to your mind when you think of love,
is it flowers, chocolates and teddy bears
or maybe a romantic sonnet?

The cliché of these superficial
representations have been around for
years and continue to plague our society
today. But are the traditional roses on
Valentine’s Day and anniversaries really
a good signification of true love or
would you prefer a unique and realistic
approach?

Good morning/ good afternoon Mr. Day
and classmates, today I will be comparing
two sonnets. These sonnets deal with the
issue of ideal and unconventional love
, however they do so in exceedingly
different ways.

Sonnet 90 by Francesco
Petrarca is a representation of a
traditional love sonnet and Sonnet 130
by William Shakespeare is a unique
and realistic portrayal of true love.

The Renaissance rose from the Middle
Ages in the Sixteenth Century. A golden age
of music, philosophy, architecture, art and
most importantly literature. Many topics
were written about and reflected on.

Among these topics, the most popular
were romance and chivalry. Francesco
Petrarca testifies to the popular use of
courtship and love in his sonnets.
Sonnet 90 is a perfect example of this.

Petrarca author of Sonnet 90 was an
Italian scholar, poet, and humanist. He
wrote a series of love poems,
popularizing a technique called blazon
this was a feature by feature description
of a woman using extravagant hyperbole.

This technique is used throughout
Sonnet 90 (read sonnet.)
Petrarca exaggerates his mistress’s body
features by comparing them to the sun,
coral, snow and roses, depicting his lover
as beautiful and angelic.

He uses many
references to objects of perfection, such
as roses and perfume. Petrarca presents
a strong, clear message to his reader by his
use of repetition of religious diction; he
also uses a narrative tone. For example
, ‘her way of moving was no mortal
thing, but of angelic form’.

Petrarch’s
Sonnet is an expression of his love for
his mistress; he describes her as
attractive and sublime. This love may
be seen as superficial.
Another renowned poet and playwright
of Elizabethan times was William
Shakespeare.
Shakespeare’s one
hundred thirtieth sonnet introduced a
new era of sonnets. Far more different
from traditional sonnets of the 1600’s,
Sonnet 130 has also been recognized as
‘Anti-Petrachian’.
In comparison
Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare has
the same discourse but instead of being
cliché, mocks the courtly sonnets in his
realistic portrayal of his mistress. He
deals with the discourse of love and he
does so in a way to bring to light the
superficial clichés that had been held so highly.
(show poem)

Shakespeare concentrates on his mistress’s
physical imperfections by portraying to
the reader that his woman in not attractive.
The reader can draw...

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