Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Shakespeare's sonnets are often considered by the public to be the most beautifully expressed poetry of all time. Shakespeare uses many techniques to illustrate his poetry, but none of them are more effective than his use of imagery. Sonnet's 18 and 73 are excellent examples. Shakespeare's imagery and metaphors are significant in conveying the theme of the poem as it helps to establish the dramatic atmosphere of the poem and reinforce his argument. Shakespeare uses nature imagery to move towards a consideration of human relationships and also the role of his art. Shakespeare's sonnets 18 and 73 burst of imagery and metaphors, they alone tell the story and point out the main argument, "the vividness of a poem‘s language resides primarily in the way it uses imagery" (Gwynn, Campbell). Sonnet 18 is an extended comparison between the season of summer and the speaker's lover. Shakespeare starts the praise of his love without ostentation; "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate" (1). But "he slowly builds the image of his love into that of a perfect being;" (Mabillard), "But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest" (9). Without this brilliant imagery the sonnet, would have been better off never being written, but since Shakespeare did conceive this lovely form of written art, this poem is "certainly the most famous in the sequence of Shakespeare's sonnets; it may be the most famous lyric poem in English." (Phillips). In sonnet 73 metaphors such as "Upon those boughs which shake against the cold" (3) and "Death's second self, that seals up all in rest" (8), grasp and dominate the poem, as to give effect of being dominated by the old cold season .

Shakespeare starts off with both sonnets conveying a specific time of year, where nature and its seasons are the main idea used to express his emotional thought. Imagery is by far Shakespeare's most effective way to express and illustrate the...
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