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