Wednesday, September 14, 2016

McKay's Preliminary Sonnet Analysis

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Sonnet 116 discusses love much like many other sonnets. The difference with this sonnet is the stipulations that Shakespeare makes regarding love, such as, “Love is not love/Which alters when it alteration finds.” He goes on to say that love does not change and that is the only way true love can be. The volta takes place in the last couplet when Shakespeare, who before had seemed so sure of himself before then writes, “If this be error and upon me proved,/I never writ, nor no man ever loved.” While he does still seem sure of himself, these ending lines to me reflect a little room for doubt as if the whole sonnet had been there to convince Shakespeare himself that love does not change.

            Sonnet 18 had some similarities with 116 in the sense that Shakespeare compares love to the weather in both sonnets. This tells me that he finds love to be very powerful and also amongst the most beautiful things in life. And in both of these sonnets he speaks of beauty not fading and love not changing. It seems Shakespeare takes importance in things that seem to last.

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