COMPARISONS OF SHAKESPEARE'S SONNET CXXX AND CXXXII Whitney Ng U5L Both these sonnets are addressed to a beautiful dark lady. However, the attitudes to the dark lady are conveyed in different ways. Shakespeare's sonnet CXXX rejects the petrarchan clichÃÂÃÂ©s to produce a parody of Petrach's sonnets. While in sonnet CXXXII, Shakespeare brings a new life to the Petrarchan clichÃÂÃÂ©s to make the sonnet sound more impressive.
Both these Shakespearean sonnets follow the same rhyme scheme. They both have a structure consisting of three quatrains, which are closed off with a rhyming couplet.
Sometimes in Shakespearean sonnets, the first two quatrains are devoted to the same thought. However, in sonnet CXXX he changed this slightly by completing a statement in one line rather than two or more lines for the first quatrain. An example of these complete statements are in the first and second line of the sonnet, "ÃÂMy mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;' In this sentence the sonneteer states, in an outrageous mockery of the petrarchan sonnets, that the eyes of his mistress do not resemble the sun at all.
He then goes on to say, "ÃÂCoral is far more red than her lips red:' This sentence states a different feature of his mistress' qualities. Shakespeare continues to describe his mistress' breasts and hair in the next two lines. The second quatrain begins on line five. In this quatrain, Shakespeare no longer writes with a complete statement in one line. He seems to relax, and develops his comparisons. This means that two lines are now used to make a unit of sense. Shakespeare has used the next two quatrains to describe her cheeks, breath, voice and walk.
Whereas, in the Shakespearean sonnet CXXXII, the first two quatrains do seem to be devoted to the same thoughts, "ÃÂThine...