Essay on Analysis of [My Lady Walks...]

1116 Words Mar 27th, 2013 5 Pages
When Henry Constable attempts to describe his “lady”, he paints the reader an image of love, pureness, and of natural beauty. In his sonnet, “[My lady’s presence makes the roses red]”, Constable talks to the various body parts of his “lady”, claiming that they inspire envy into flowers and that his “lady” is in fact the source of the power for the flowers. Using this personification of the flowers, Constable shapes his sonnet as one that is complementing and treasuring his “lady”, however, a deeper examination into the tone of his work shows a much more intriguing side of this sonnet and of Constable’s feelings toward his “lady”. A line-by-line dissection of this sonnet shows the multitude of personification and imagery used by Henry …show more content…
This is the second major appearance of the necessity of tone and once again, the location of this line carries great weight. The tone of Constable’s sonnet is what gives this unnatural description of this woman such intrigue. Throughout the sonnet, the speaker gives godlike characteristics to our woman. She has a beauty that makes flowers (arguably the most beautiful image in the world) jealous and envious (lines 1-4). She has the same power as the sun (in Roman and Greek mythology, the god of sun was the king and ruler of all gods) and allows beauty to flourish in her presence (lines 5-6). However, the most interesting aspect comes in the structure and location of the two lines that are not directly associated with our demigod. At arguably the middle of the poem (end of the second quatrain) and the end of the poem, Constable uses two references to the speaker’s pain to create the beauty he associates with the woman. In line 8, the beautiful purple color of the violet is caused by the blood the speaker’s heart has shed, and in line 14, it is the tears that fall from the speaker’s eyes that give the lifeblood of the flowers. This sets a tone throughout the sonnet that places the woman on this demigod pedestal. Constable is writing this sonnet about someone so beautiful and so powerful; that she not only causes our speaker great pain, but the speaker sees that pain as beauty. In essence, the speaker

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