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Posted by Henry2 on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 4:31pm.

I'm including an introductory part I wrote on Shakespeare's sonnets. Can you please check it, Writeacher? Thank you!!



1) Shakespeare’s sonnets were published in 1609, although they were probably written in the 1590s. The collection includes a hundred and fifty-four sonnets in decasyllables (ten syllables per line) made up of three quatrains and a rhyming couplet; the rhyme scheme is: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.
2) Through this structure, the poet can use the quatrains to present a theme or three different arguments and draw a conclusion in the final couplet.
3) Shakespeare didn’t adopt the Italian or the French form, an octave and a sestet. The sonnets are almost all constructed from three four-line stanzas (called quatrains) and a final couplet composed in iambic pentameter. 4) The sonnets can be divided into two sections. The first is addressed to a ‘fair youth’ , probably Shakespeare’s young patron, the Earl of Southampton, and deals with the theme of grow. The poet encourages the young man to marry and preserve his virtues through his children (or beget an heir?).
5) Another theme is the antagonism between the poet and Time. Shakespeare believes that poetry can defeat time and make beauty eternal. The second section is addressed to a ‘dark lady’ who, though physically unattractive, is irresistibly desirable

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