William Shakespeare 's Poem ' Sonnet Cxvi, Not Proud, And Christina Rossetti 's Remember

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In today’s culture, the word “sonnet” is often associated with Shakespeare and boredom, but many sonnets span beyond Shakespeare’s realm, delving into different techniques and themes. William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet CXVI,” John Donne’s “Death, be not proud,” and Christina Rossetti’s “Remember” are all sonnets that fall into the same poetic category, yet they each maintain a unique theme through the use of the sonnet’s essential turn; these three sonnets show the powerful elasticity and careful craft that this type of poetry calls for.
There are two different types of sonnets: the Italian and the Shakespearean. The first section of this poetic form presents an argument or issue, yet the most important part of the sonnet is the turn, which brings about the resolution to the poem’s proposed problem. The last six lines of an Italian sonnet and the last two lines of a Shakespearean sonnet are where each of these types of sonnets conclude the poem with an often surprising, final point. Shakespeare, Donne, and Rossetti all utilize the sonnet’s structure to its fullest potential in order to create three different poems that address various themes about love, life, and death.
“Sonnet CXVI” by William Shakespeare uses the Shakespearean sonnet form to paint a vision of what genuine love and marriage is like. “Love is not love / which alters when it alteration finds” (2-3). This is a key sentence throughout the poem because it embodies the main argument of the poem. The poet’s speaker is…

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