The Secret Behind Shakespeare And His Sonnets Essay

2285 Words Dec 11th, 2016 10 Pages
Kelsie Self
Topic and two sources
Dr. Hale
4 December 2016
The Secret Behind Shakespeare and His Sonnets: William Shakespeare is one of the most influential writers and poets to the English language from the Renaissance era. Shakespeare is widely known for his plays and romanticism as well. While two of his most famous works include Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, this paper will explore popular, but less discussed sonnets. A sonnet being a form of poetry which consist of 14 lines, each line normally has 10 syllables and rhyme, as a poem normally does. The works covered in this paper will be an assortment of William Shakespeare’s sonnets, including sonnet I (1), XVIII (18), XX (20), XXIX (29), LXXIII (73), and CXVI (116). These sonnets selected are some of Shakespeare’s more famous sonnets out of the many sonnets he has written. Many students study his work and the history of Shakespeare in high school, in order to learn the history of the English language, since Shakespeare had such an influence on it. I remember studying both Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth in my senior English class, as well as some of his sonnets. William Shakespeare writing over 154 sonnets telling a story of his love for his wife, but also his secret male companion. Shakespeare having a history of writing about love and death, hence one of his most famous works mentioned above Romeo and Juliet. The love and passion felt in Romeo and Juliet is also apparent in his sonnets and poetic works. The sonnets…

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