Essay about William Shakespeare 's Sonnet I

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A truly talented writer has the ability to transform something hidden into something that can be seen. Intangible feelings and emotions may be transformed into words on a tangible piece of paper. Because of their unusual abilities, the talent of a writer may seem like a blessing. Despite a writer’s ability to turn sparks into fires or madness into art, however, some individuals view the gift of a writer as a curse. In the Charlotte Smith’s “Sonnet I,” the speaker battles negative feelings in regards to her poetic abilities, thus establishing a sad and angry tone. The speaker’s complex viewpoint serves to create a tension so great that not even the sonnet’s ending couplet can resolve the speaker’s internal conflict.
Because Smith’s elegiac poem is a sonnet, it follows a very rigid structure. “Sonnet I” is an English sonnet and thus follows the form set forth by William Shakespeare. Like most sonnets, “Sonnet I” is written in iambic pentameter. The lines of “Sonnet I,” then, are comprised of five feet, each of which are composed of a single iamb:
The partial Muse, has from my earliest hours,
Smil 'd on the rugged path I 'm doom 'd to tread,
And still with sportive hand has snatch 'd wild flowers,
To weave fantastic garlands for my head:
But far, far happier is the lot of those
Who never learn 'd her dear delusive art;
Which, while it decks the head with many a rose,
Reserves the thorn, to fester in the heart.
For still she bids soft Pity 's melting eye

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