Sonnets by the Great William Shakespeare

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Mrs. Facchineri


June 2, 2004

Poetry as a Vehicle for Love

Love is a common theme throughout many plays and poems written by William Shakespeare, and is seen in many Sonnets written by William Shakespeare as well. These Sonnets were the true forms of poetry that William wrote for many of his "close friends". Many of Shakespeare's plays were written with the intent to entertain a general audience. But the Sonnets were mostly written for particular people and were very special works of art. In the Sonnets by the great William Shakespeare, love is evident in Sonnet 1, Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 116.

In the poetry by William Shakespeare, Sonnet 1 displays the theme of love through the explanation of how Shakespeare gained his knowledge of love. This particular sonnet was written to a woman who was indulged in her own self image and was being selfish from the rest of the world.

"Making a famine where abundance lies"(Line 7). Shakespeare gives this person warning that her actions will lead to her downfall and advises her that by being so self-centred, she is being cruel to herself. This sonnet utilizes Shakespeare's typical style of writing which is iambic pentameter. This style of writing uses patterns of rhyming which puts emphasis on different parts of the line, giving it a certain feel. This rhyming is essential in order to write a proper sonnet and keep in the correct form. This rhyming pattern became quite repetitive when


used throughout the whole sonnet so there are also different ways to rhyme in a sonnet to make it more interesting. This Sonnet of course talks of love and Shakespeare also uses the method of imagery comparison to emphasise this particular woman of his desire. Shakespeare says that this...