Sonnet 130 and Sonnet 18

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The poems “Sonnet 18” and “Sonnet 130” were first published in 1609 and were written by William Shakespeare. The “Sonnet 18” and “Sonnet 130” have no titles that are the reason that they have a number (for example 18 and 130) for the poems. The number was based on the order in which the poems were first published in 1609. These poems are two of one hundred fifty four poems written by Shakespeare. The poems consist of fourteen lines that is divided into two parts. One is an opening octet with eight lines, and the other one is a closing sestet with six lines. Shakespeare uses many poetic devices in both poems, which include end and internal rhyme, consonance, assonance, metaphors, repetition, symbolism, personification and alliteration. Both poems talk about love/relationships with a delight tone. Sonnet 18 is plainly about the relationship between man and nature/season. He started the poem with an imagery question, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” (line 1). Then Shakespeare started painting the picture. For example, he said, “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May” (line 3) meaning the strong winds will wipe out the flower buds. Another example would be, “And summer’s lease hath all too short a date” (line 4) is describing how the summer is too short. Next, the summer temperature is described as hot in lines five and six. Finally, “And every fair from fair sometimes declines” (line 7) refers to everything beautiful must end. In the Sonnet 18, Shakespeare uses alliteration, which is words repeating one or more letters at the beginning of a word in the same line. One example of alliteration would be, “hot”, “heaven” in line 5. Another, in line 7, is “Fair” and”From” and “Fair”. Next, is in line 8 “chance” and “changing”, and “course”. Another, in line 14, is “long” and “lives” and “life”. Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds. One example of assonance would be, “compare” and “summers”, in line 1. Next, in line 3,”rough”, “buds”. Finally, in...
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