Poetry : Time And War 's Superior Enemy Essay

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Poetry: Time and War’s Superior Enemy War and time are two destructive force that destroys everything in its path, including material artwork. It destroys marble, monuments, masonry and statues. But it is ineffective against poetry. Poetry, with its’ power of verse, can opposes force of war and time, and be preserved till the end. Sonnet 55 illustrate that poetry is a greater form of art than material art because it is not conquered by war or time. Shakespeare uses patterns of sounds, rhythms and visual patterns to work in concert with the sonnet to illustrate superiority of poetry over time and war.

In the first quatrains, Shakespeare addresses marble, monuments and stone art works decaying over time but his poem will live on. He uses alliteration with “marble” and “monuments” to illustrate the rich M sounds and thus display richness of the marble and monuments art (1). More alliteration is seen with “princes” and “powerful” in line 2. In both cases, alliteration is used to display the richness of material art owned by royalties but if they can be destroyed by time, then clearly they’re not as resilient as they seem. Poetry on the other hand is not made any physical substance and thus cannot be destroyed by time. Next, Shakespeare calls time “sluttish” and implies that it destroys everything in its path, leaving a big mess. He highlight time’s messiness by the use of consonance with S and T sound: “Than unswept stone besmear’d with sluttish time” (4). The S and T…

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