A Comparison In Sonnet Cxlau And Mary Wroth's Marriage

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In Shakespeare 's sonnet "Sonnet CXXX," the blazon is constructed in a very peculiar way. Mary Wroth, in sonnet 42 "Pamphilia to Amphilanthus," interprets the blazon within herself rather than her love. Both uses of the blazon depict a time in which love is of the essence. However, in both sonnets, the person in which they are describing is forever unknown. Shakespeare attacks the blazon of his sonnet and creates an anti-blazon, while both sonnets are still in singular perspectives. In Shakespeare and Mary Wroth 's sonnets, both have a wide variety of the use of the blazon, but it is used to give different perspectives about their lover. The blazon is a captivating technique that compares the beauty of a woman using her body parts to objects …show more content…
This form of writing allows emotions and feelings of the character to be portrayed through the character 's perspective. This is especially prominent in Mary Wroth 's sonnet, as it described the thought process of the character through the perspective of the woman. In Wroth 's sonnet, the woman describes the troubles of her own natural self, stating " I am that heartless trunk of heart 's depart"(line 7). Not once throughout the entire sonnet does Wroth give us an idea of how the woman 's love feels about her, giving no insight as to what the woman 's love is even thinking in general. The form of singular perspective in the sonnet gives the ability to learn things about the character, in this case the woman, that would not be known of if the sonnet were written in third person, therefore taking away the possibility of ever hearing the woman 's love 's side of this love story. Shakespeare tackles the singular perspective in his sonnet in a way that creates more questions than if it were in third person. The singular perspective in Shakespeare 's sonnet brings the reader to have little to no idea on how the man 's love feels. He used the techniques that Wroth used to give the reader information that would normally not be known by the reader at any point in a sonnet, but in return it takes away any connection or response by the other person, allowing the blazon of each sonnet to create …show more content…
However, many sonnets do not necessarily have a happy Volta when one nears the end of the sonnet. Sometimes, the Volta might even be a complete turnaround for the sonnet itself. For the first twelve lines of "Sonnet CXXX," the man depicts his love to being a horrid person, one with wires for hair and dun breasts rather than being white like snow. Surprisingly, the last two lines of the sonnet is where the complete shift in feelings is. The Volta, regardless of what the man described the woman as before, takes the twelve lines and contradicts them by stating "and yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare/as any she belied with false compare" (lines 13-14). The Volta contradicts with that of the blazon very directly, as it brings a new side to the character and his feelings towards his love. The character is willing to still give his love a chance regardless of how poor she may look. This statement allows the reader to question whether to follow the blazon statements or the Volta, both completely contradicting each other. The lover, assumably, is a very waste of a human thanks to the blazon. However, the Volta creates a sense of question, as it reconciles the idea of love not always being about looks. In Mary Wroth 's sonnet, the blazon allows the reader to get an understanding that the woman is unsure as to why her love love 's her. The blazon goes into

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