Analysis Of Thomas C. Foster 's If It 's Square Essay

1036 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 5 Pages
In Thomas C. Foster’s “If It’s Square, It’s a Sonnet” chapter in How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster explains how a sonnet’s structure relates directly to the meaning and the purpose of the sonnet itself. “Sonnet 2” can be analyzed in such a manner, and its meaning and structure are very closely intertwined. The sonnet itself is structured as an English sonnet in iambic pentameter and follows the rhyme scheme of ababcdcdefefgg. The sonnet is broken into three quatrains and a couplet. The meaning of English sonnets can often be interpreted based on dividing the quatrain. Each quatrain serves an individual part to the sonnet’s overarching purpose. The couplet at the end of the sonnet then will conclusively describe the purpose of the sonnet as a whole. The first quatrain of “Sonnet 2” describes the inherent sustainability and resistance to change when love is elevated beyond simply a physical bond. The author writes, “Love it not love which alters when its alteration finds or bends with the remover to remove.” The author is stating that love does not ever become altered, no matter what circumstances may change in regards to it, such as the unfaithfulness of a lover. The second quatrain goes on to describe the guiding force of love by metaphorically comparing it to a lighthouse, prevailing through the fiercest of adversities and serving as guidance for all who see it. The third and final quatrain concludes love’s eternal quality by alluding to the “bending sickle”…

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