Essay shakespeare sonnet


Key-Terms:

• structure and    development
• lyric poetry
    • elegy
    • ode
    • sonnet
    • dramatic        monologue
    • occasional        poetry
    • epithalamion
• narrative    poetry
    • epic
    • mock-epic
    • ballad
• descriptive    poetry
• dramatic    poetry
• didactic poetry
• prodesse et delectare

But has the poet really abandoned the idea of encouraging the fair lord to have a child? Some scholars suggest that the "eternal lines" in line 12 have a double meaning: the fair lord's beauty can live on not only in the written lines of the poet's verse but also in the family lines of the fair lord's progeny. Such an interpretation would echo the sentiment of the preceding sonnet's closing couplet: "But were some child of yours alive that time / You should live twice; in it and in my rhyme." The use of "growest" also implies an increasing or changing: we can envision the fair lord's family lines growing over time, yet this image is not as readily applicable to the lines of the poet's verse - unless it refers only to his intention to continue writing about the fair lord's beauty, his verse thereby "growing." On the other hand, line 14 seems to counter this interpretation, the singular "this" (as opposed to "these") having as its most likely antecedent the poet's verse, and nothing more.

Essay shakespeare sonnet

essay shakespeare sonnet

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