Essay about Analysis Of Charlotte Smith 's Sonnet IIi

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Charlotte Smith’s Sonnet III, ‘To a Nightingale’ could be considered to be a mournfully romantic tale of a nightingale singing a song of such sadness that the poet begins to question the tragedy of the nightingale, and then to consider a cause for its song of such profound despondence. The narrator then admits to being envious of the nightingale for its freedom to sing the song. The meaning of this sonnet will be explored through key elements of prominent moods, language and figurative language devices, sound devices, poetic meter and rhyming patterns.

Prominent moods portrayed in Smiths sonnet are sadness, curiosity, and envy. These moods are displayed through Smith’s choice of wording. For example the first line, ‘Poor Melancholy bird—that all night long’, uses the words “poor” and “melancholy” both of which are associated with sadness. These words are also the first to indicate any form of mood. Throughout the poem Smith uses phrases such as ‘mournful melody’, ‘Pale Sorrows victims’ and ‘Songstress Sad’ to further emphasise the sad mood within the sonnet. Curiosity is spread through the sonnet through the poet questioning the nightingale. The first question asked is in lines 3 and 4:
‘From what sad cause can such sweet sorrow flow,
And whence this mournful melody of song?’
The question is displaying curiosity and even adding more emphasis on the sadness mood. By the end of the sonnet the poet appears to feel envious of the nightingale. The mood prominently shows in…

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