Short Copy and Analysis of Sonnet 55

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Name: Park Hyeongryool
Class: JH208
Title of Sonnet: Sonnet 55
Source: Shakespeare’s Sonnets


Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone, besmear'd with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword, nor war's quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
'Gainst death, and all oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the judgment that yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lovers' eyes.

Write-up on why I have chosen to perform Sonnet 55

I have chosen to perform Sonnet 55 instead of Sonnet 19 although the two sonnets had great similarity in terms of their theme portrayed. Firstly, there are continuous mentions of enjambement every quatrains leading up to the last couplet. This continuous ‘droppings’ of run – on lines, each quatrains attempting to describe eternity of his love when other instead of a run – on line for continuous 12 stanzas and finishing with a couplet. This continuous ‘droppings’ every moment provide the gap in between long and continuous journey through the description of eternity.

Also the sonnet’s message came up to me more realistically as there were numerously literary devices conjuring up the image of the main theme of this sonnet. Firstly, we can clearly feel that there is a usage of personification (Nor Mars his sword, nor war’s quick fire shall burn). By mentioning of the god of war we can materialize the poem on

Why I have chosen to perform this particular recitation piece

I took interest in performing this sonnet, because its theme can fundamentally be described by Horace’s celebrated term – Exegi Monumentum aere perennius (To build a monument lasting longer than...
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