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Journal 2 – Close Reading



I have chosen the sonnets of Shakespeare
sonnet 18 and 30, Collins sonnet and Monday and miller William’s Compassion.
Each of these poems are not only short and powerfully send out messages of
life. These poems remind us of the serenity of life and how every moment of
life and togetherness has to be cherished. Sonnet 18 of Shakespeare is one such
powerful sonnet which says that however fleeting the changes in weather may be
and seen as in the changes in the wind and the sun we could change the vision
of the wind and the sun, but the love for the beloved will remained
undiminished. The poem as one reads it is just appraise for the beloved. The
praise is so beautifully written that one presumes that the love is so strong
that every season as metaphorically written in the sonnet in comparison on for
the beloved. The beauty of the beloved is such a startling one that the
comparisons to the summer wilderness, pales in when the beauty who is temperate
and mild shines through every extreme weather. The language of the sonnet is
free verse and mildly aesthetic too. There is no use of the typical
Shakespearean alliteration or assonance. Every line in the sonnet ends with a
period suggesting complete lines unlike other poems and sonnets. The poet
begins with “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art lovelier and more
temperate:” This in itself is a new way to bring the sonnet with a question.
This sonnet is not an exaggerated one as the seasons in their typical form are
brought in. A sonnet is a composition of 14 lines. Shakespeare is known for his
very important use of this literary deices in almost all his poems. The
Shakespearean sonnets are introduced by themes of immortality, time,
procreation, and selfishness. The poet uses these themes in an inter related
manner thematically and through imagery.

The sonnet clearly gives the question in just
the opening lines and the following eleven lines are devoted to comparing the
shades of weather to the beauty of the beloved. In essence this sonnet tries to
drive home the beauty of the beloved is mild and temperate to the beauty of the
different seasons which are extremities with rough winds, short days, fleeting
sunshine, withering during autumn and pale in winter. But the beauty of the
beloved as the poet says will last forever and this will not perish and will be
everlasting as long as there is breath.

The Sonnet 18 has been written as a
continuation of sonnet 17 where the poet looks to preserving the beauty of the
beloved thought as being temperate and mild. These two words are repeatedly
used to show how beauty can defy time as it is eternal. This is the importance
given to the beauty. If one needs to understand the beauty of poetry, then
reading of Sonnet 18 is a must read. The sonnet is written in a way that
captures the imagination of the readers in a very simple manner. The choice of
the two things to be comrade is the weather which everyone can easily
understand with the beauty of a person which can also be fathomed and clearly

Right through the sonnet one can see the
imagery of growth testified in every sense of perfection. the comparisons to
flowers, desire, selfishness, famine in abundance are peculiar vistas of great
perfection in using words. The sonnet is filled with not only details of
everyday life that the poet brings upon himself to cast, but is very
intelligently connected to each other in subsequent lines as the poem progresses.
The use of words like increase can be read in two forms here. One as the gain
shown by nature in procreation and the other in the sense of a contracted term
in trade. There is also a pointed reference to niggardly which in all senses
refers to being miserly and hoarding. The sonnet exclusively uses the
applicability of dual structure of meanings to bring out the superior words of
the poet. The sonnet is very simple in words yet rich in text and ascriptions.