Sonnet Analyzation Essay

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English poetry has always welcomed the sonnet form ever since the sixteenth century. It was greatly popular however in the Elizabethan period as this was when thousands of sonnets were written and many of them were used to express love or passion. Since then, most poets writing in English have found the sonnet form very appealing and have attempted their own sonnet writing. The very first sonnets were written in the early thirteenth century in Italy, by a Sicilian lawyer named Giacomo de Lentino. It spread to Tuscany and was popularised by various Italian sonneteers. During the sixteenth century it spread across Europe and was soon bought to England by Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard Earl of Surrey.

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He is historically significant for writing the first sonnets in English and for introducing the sonnet form to England.

In his sonnet, ‘Divers doth use…’ Wyatt starts by describing the reaction that many men make when their women change their minds about them. He does this in the octave of his sonnet and says that men try to appease their grief by waling and mourning over their loss. They either do this or they condemn the lady and hate them for leaving them. In the sestet, he says that if this was top happen to him, he would not mourn over his loss, nor condemn the lady, but instead simply accept her decision. The overall tone of this sonnet is both sad and reflective as Wyatt talks the loss of love and the reactions that some men make. The poet uses techniques such as adjectives and various synonyms but also makes use of frequent alliterations which all help to emphasize what the poet is aiming to convey to the reader. The synonyms he uses especially do this – when he says ‘I will not lament, wail nor yet be sad’ he is expressing the fact that even if he is left he will not be upset at the lady’s decision.

This sonnet can be compared and contrasted to ‘Fly, fly, my friends…’ by Sir Philip Sidney, as they talk about the loss of a lover and the fact that love is not always what it seems. Similarly, they do not mention just themselves, and also mention others as in ‘Divers doth use…’ he mentions other men and in ‘Fly, fly,

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