Analysis And Comparison Of Two Sonnets How Soon Hath Time, by John Milton, and Mutability, by William Wordsworth are two excellent examples of a well-written sonnet. They have their similarities between one another, and also their differences. In the end, however, each is a quality piece of literature.
How Soon Hath Time has a rhyme scheme of "a, b, b, a, a, b, b, a, c, d, e, d, c, e'. Therefore, this is a Petrarchan sonnet. The syntax of this sonnet is very regular. There are major punctuation marks after the fourth and eight lines, in this case periods. These periods effectively divide the octet into two equal quatrains. The sestet is then divided into two sections, the first one being four lines long, followed by a colon. After the colon are the last two lines, concluding both the poem and the sestet. The meter of this poem is also quite regular, it has a smooth rhythm, and flows out of the mouth nicely, for example "How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth" (accented syllables in italics).
This poem is about Life, and Death. It is about how time affects out lives, in particular the life of the author, John Milton. I believe that this poem is partly about how fast time goes by, without us ever fully realizing it. A quote that reinforces this belief is "How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, / Stol'n on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!". There is also the theme of "Time the destroyer' in this poem, a fairly common theme for sonnets from this era. John Milton reinforces this by personifying time, by capitalizing the "T'.
This poem also refers to how inevitable death is. A quote that reinforces this is "Yet it be less or more, or soon or slow"¦"¦.Toward which Time leads me, and the will of Heav'n". Overall, this is an interesting sonnet, to say the least. It definitely got me thinking about its meaning, which I think was the author's intent.
Mutability has a rhyme scheme of "a, b, b, a, a, c, c, a, d, a, c, d, c, a'. Therefore,...
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