Monday, September 12, 2016

Informal Research for Sonnet 116

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-Traditional Scholarly Source: An article by Lukas Ernes called "Shakespeare's 'Ever-Fixed Mark': Theological Implications in Sonnet 116."  In the article, the writer treats the sonnet as a dramatic meditation on the nature of love with strong religious overtones.  Ernes draws special attention to the fact that the sonnet has no specific second person subject and has recently drawn a lot of criticism for its perceived lack of authenticity.  This article is useful in that it is a good introduction into the scholarly discussion about the sonnet and provides a strong claim about some of the interpretative strategies used by scholars.
-Informal Online Source:  A web post on the SparkNotes website written on the subject of Sonnet 116.  This source is useful in that it summarizes and analyzes the poem in a simple manner which allows for the article to act as a good springboard for further analysis.  By highlighting basic points from the sonnet I am able to make further steps in gathering other sources which may highlight certain other core concepts.  For example, the post discusses how the langauge of the sonnet in itself is not extraordinary; whatr makes it extraordinary, according to the writer, is Shakespeare's framing of the idea of love in a "disciplined rhetorical structure."  This intriguing concept could form the basis for further study.
-Media Source:  Video clip from "Sense and Sensibility" (1995).  This video clip is a scene where Kate Winslet, in the role of Marianne Dashwood, recites the sonnet to dramatic and ironic effect.  As an adaptation of a Jane Austen novel, this clip demonstrates the endurance of the sonnet in popular and literary discourse.  It also underscores the natural imagery of the original poem by having it be presented in stormy weather.

1 comment:

  1. I found your post super intersting since I'm also doing my analysis on 116. It's funny how in your research you're reading about the language is inconsequential or "not extraordinary" and I'm reading about how it's imperative and determines the tone and meaning. But we both agreed on the Sense and Sensability route - so good job.