Critique of Sonnet 138
Sonnet 138 is a sonnet written by William Shakespeare in 1599. There is only record of Shakespeare writing 154 sonnets in his lifetime. Lines one through twelve are written in ABAB rhyme scheme and the rhyme scheme changes in lines thirteen and fourteen where it is GG. The whole thing is in iambic pentameter. Shakespeare uses a lot of personification and connotation to tell a hidden story within this poem.
Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138 can be put in much simpler terms. In Sonnet 138 lines one through twelve, or the problem, in simpler terms it says, “When my love promises she is honest, I believe my girlfriend even though I know she lies. She may think I am dumb and young. She thinks I can’t tell the difference between flattering and complementing. It is arrogant of me to think that I am young; she really knows I am old and yet I still believe her lies. We both push back the lies, but who is to say it is wrong to suppress the lies? Who is to say I am old? When you are in love you automatically trust your love and do not realize it, when it comes to love, age does not matter.” In the solution or, lines thirteen and fourteen, it says “Therefore we both lie, and we both will continue to believe these lies.” when it is put in simpler terms. In Sonnet 138, line one Shakespeare says “my love swears” which is personification because love cannot swear. Line four of Sonnet 138 says, “world’s false subtleties” is an example of personification because the world cannot be subtle. There is an example of personification in Sonnet 138’s line seven “false-speaking tongue” because a tongue cannot talk. The eleventh line of the sonnet says, “love’s best habit” but this is personification because love cannot have a have a habit. Sonnet 138’s line twelve has an example of personification when it says “age in love” because age cannot be in love. Shakespeare uses many connotative meanings in his Sonnet 138 such as the words vainly, habit, and lie. The...
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