William Shakespeare: analisi e brevi commenti dei Sonetti. When I do count the clock; A Woman's face, with nature's own hand painted; A Woman's face, with nature's own hand painted; Let me not to the marriage of true minds; My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun e One day I wrote he (2 pagine formato doc)
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE SONETTI
Sonnets. Sonnets are usually made up of three quatrains with alternated rhyme and a couplet with coupled rhyme.This final couplet may represent either a turning point or a summary of the content of the sonnet.
LXXV: ONE DAY I WROTE HER NAME
The main theme of this sonnet is the passing of time. He tries tro write the name of his beloved on the sand, but either the waves or the tide always wash it away. His woman tells him that trying to immortalize an earthly thing is useless and that she is going to die, too, like all mortal things. He doesn’t agree: in fact, he thinks that noble things must be remembered through the time by the poetry.
• Unusual rhyme scheme: the rhyme is alternated, but in each quatrain there’s a rhyme which appears also in the following quatrain.
• Turning point: line 9.
SONETTI SHAKESPEARE ANALISI
XII: WHEN I DO COUNT THE CLOCK
In this sonnet, Shakespeare describes the passing of time through some images: the ticking clock, the day which is turning into night, the faded violet, the hair growing white, the bare trees and the sheaves borne on the bier. In the third quatrain, the poet realizes that even the fair youth is going to grow old and die (he is subdue to the time), and the only way to survive the time is to beget children, by whom to transmit his beauty.
• Addressee: fair youth.
• In the first line, you can almost hear the clock ticking through the allitteration of T and C.
• Shakespeare wants the fair youth to get married so that there will be remembrances of him. His isn’t a possessive love.
• Turning points: line 9 and line 13.
XX: A WOMAN’S FACE, WITH NATURE’S OWN HAND PAINTED
In this sonnet, Shakespeare justifies his love for the young boy saying that he was first created as a woman (so he was meant to be a woman). He describes the qualities of the fair youth, which are the same as the women’s without the weaknessess – he’s more sincere and more steady, while women often change their minds and are false; both men and women like him. But he was so beautiful and nice that Nature fell in love with him, and, as she is a female, she turned him into a male (adding a thing which is useless to Shakespeare, as his is a Platonic love!). In the final couplet, he addresses the fair youth and declares him his Platonic love, as he knows that Nature created him for the women.
• The sonnet begins in medias res.
• There’s the theme of masculine and feminine qualities all mixed up together, which is frequent in English literature.
• The boy has the positive qualities of both men and women, but not the negative ones.
• Reproaches (complaints?) against women were frequent in the Middle Ages.
XXX: WHEN TO THE SESSIONS OF SWEET SILENT THOUGHT
In this sonnet, Shakespeare says that when he thinks about the past he has many regrets: he hasn’t got things he was after, he thinks he has wasted his time, and many friends of his died, so he cries, which he isn’t used to. The poet keeps on moaning and grieving until he thinks about the fair youth, when all losses are restored and sorrows end, so the poet feels happy and all the pains disappear.
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