Sonnet 11 By William Shakespeare Essay

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In Sonnet 11, the poet utilizes several images pertaining to autumn to convey ideas of love. Written in the English, or Shakespearean form, this sonnet contains three quatrains with a couplet at the end. However, unlike traditional English poems, Sonnet 11 does not contain a turn. In essence, Sonnet 11’s expressive purpose is to portray the conditions love must endure to last through the use of parallel thought structures and other various devices.
Within the first line of the poem, the poet creates a relationship between flame, wood, and love. For example, the poet states “for steadfast flame wood must be seasoned.” In other words, a steadfast flame cannot occur if the wood is not seasoned. By introducing this cause and effect relation to the reader, the poet is able to set up the same argument for love to create a parallelism between flame, wood, and love. For instance, the poet explains how “if love can be trusted to last out, it must first be disciplined and reasoned to take all weathers, absences, and doubt.” Much like how a steadfast flame needs wood that is seasoned, love needs to be able to withstand hardships in order to last. Thus idea of how love needs to be disciplined and reasoned before it can be trusted to last out ultimately correlates with how wood must be seasoned for a steadfast flame in that both follow a cause and effect sequence. In addition, the use of the poem’s rhyme scheme contributes to the relationship between love, flame, and wood by rhyming…

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