William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 18 Essay
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 Italian, or Petrarchan, sonnet. The Italian sonnet is divided into the octave, the first eight lines, and the sestet, the last six lines. The…