Essay on Iambic Pentameter

Love is a very common theme in poetry

Many people have different views on love. Many of these views throughout the ages are explored through poetry as love has much contemporary relevance in today’s society as it ever did before. Two love poems I read which inspired me were Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 116’ and Carol-Anne Duffy’s ‘Valentine’. Shakespeare’s poem is a traditional sonnet written […]

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Lust or Love

Poetry is used to convey an idea that can not be expressed in words, but rather in thought. The contemplative state of the poet, not the actions, is mimicked in the flowing lines of poetry he/she emit. In “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?” the emotional state of Shakespeare is exemplified in the […]

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Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day, The Flea and Jenny Kissed Me

These three love poems or sonnets were all written pre 1914 but by very different writers. The authors of these poems use different styles of writing love poetry. For instance, John Donny is very clever. His poem, ‘The Flea’ brings out an angle of smart sayings to get people to have sex. William Shakespeare focuses […]

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Peoms that convey Death

The language used in ‘On my first Sonne’ has the father talking about how he “will lament the state he should envie” which shows that he would rather be dead and escape the misery of getting older. He also uses euphemism to by saying “rest in soft peace” which makes death sound comforting which gives […]

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When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes

William Shakespeare penned down his most touching 29th sonnet, entitled, “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”. This sonnet holds the subject matter of love. More particularly, this poem praises love. In the first quatrain, the author is in a state of melancholy and is treated as an outcast. In the second quatrain, he […]

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Sonnet Eighteen: An Analysis

Sonnet Eighteen is one of the most famous sonnets written by William Shakespeare. The sonnet is about the love that another has for his lover. Many argue that the sonnet is actually written about another man, but either way it is about love. Sonnet eighteen’s theme is that even though the summer and things of […]

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The Possible Worlds

In poetry, readers often find themselves in other worlds and other dimensions – either through the poet’s conscious evocation of these worlds through the images employed in the poem, or through the reader who creates a world out of the melding of what the poem says and what he thinks the poem means. Poetry consists […]

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On His Blindness by John Milton

What is poetry? According to the author Clugston (2010) poetry is everything the poet sees. Also according to Clugston (2010) “poetry is everything the poet senses, feels, experiences, and imagines”. Poems are built around human life experiences but written in concise and expressive figurative language form which could sometimes be difficult to understand. Not only […]

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