Theme And Form Of Love In Sonnet 43 By William Shakespeare

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The two poems of this paper both discuss love, unconditionally and faithfully. The similarity between the two is eerie, considering they were written two hundred years apart. However, there are important differences that distinguish the two.

Theme and Form. These two sonnets share a common theme and are alike in form. In “Sonnet 18” the speaker states that their beloved will live forever in the poem written. “Sonnet 43” speaks less of the writer’s poetry and focuses on the intense love the speaker has. Browning wrote this sonnet sequence, Sonnets from the Portuguese, for her husband, fellow poet, Robert Browning.
The sonnet, a fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter, is a popular form of poetry. Shakespeare made one form of it famous during the Elizabethan period. The English, or Shakespearean, sonnet is divided into four parts, three quatrains, a group of four lines, and a couplet. The third quatrain contains a major change in the tone of the poem. “Sonnet 18”’s third quatrain begins describing the immortality of the beloved subject, a change from the speaker’s statement of the ending summer. The rhyming scheme is as follows: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.
Centuries later, the sonnet form is still in use. However, Browning takes a different approach from Shakespeare in regards to the sonnet form. She models this sonnet after the
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Metaphors are a literary device used frequently in many sonnets. This figurative language allows for lines to be interpreted according to the reader. Shakespeare and Browning began their sonnets with a critical question. The speaker in “Sonnet 18” personifies nature and death, to explain that “thee” will not decay, like summer, but live on after death. “Sonnet 43” begins with a three-dimensional metaphor of their love. Much of the sonnet depends on metaphors and similes, describing their love with other emotions. The sun and candlelight, the only physical objects mentioned, are not personified, contrary to

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