The music, the meter and the mystery of the sonnets


I am inclined to believe that if Shakespeare had lived today and written only his sonnets and not a single play, their excellence alone would have earned him not one but two or three Nobel Prizes in Literature. Poets like Browning and Wordsworth have openly declared their admiration for his sonnets. In literary grandeur, metric flow, and pure melody, they are not even matched by those of Milton, Keats, or Wordsworth. It was Wordsworth who wrote the following sonnet:

“Do not despise the Sonnet; Criticism, you frowned,

Without concern for his just honors; with this key

Shakespeare opened his heart; the melody

This little lute relieved Petrarch’s wound; “

A thousand times this pipe made the Cup ring;

With her, Camöens soothed the grief of an exile;

The Sonnet sparkled with a cheerful myrtle leaf In the midst of the cypresses with which Dante crowned

His visionary brow: a glowworm lamp, He applauded gentle Spenser, called from Faery-land

To struggle in dark ways; and, when a wet

Fallen on Milton’s road, in his hand The Thing became a trumpet; where he blew

Strains that animate the soul – alas, too little “

A Shakespearean is one of the most well-known forms of sonnet. It is the most popular to date. A Shakespearean sonnet has fourteen lines, as are all traditional sonnets. These fourteen lines are usually seen together in one of the texts, but over time the poets chose to divide the structure into stanzas. These are usually created with the basic sonnet shape in mind.

Even if the poem is contained in a single text stanza, for analytical purposes or just to better understand what the poet is saying, it can be broken down into three, or sets of four lines. These constitute the essence of the poem. They are then followed by a conclusion or a set of two lines.

The poem follows a consistency in accordance with the model of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. The difference between the three quatrains and the couplet is clear.

Also, as is the case with Petrarch’s sonnets, this form of sonnet uses. This means that each row contains five sets of two beats. The first is not stressed and the second is stressed. It looks something like da-DUM, da-DUM, da DUM, da DUM, da DUM.

The Shakespearian sonnet is sometimes referred to as “Elizabethan” or “English,” but since Shakespeare used it so successfully in his after his death, it has become synonymous with his name.

It should come as no surprise that in recent years sonnets have spread in ways Shakespeare could never have imagined. As previously stated, the first line of one of his large sonnets

“Do I compare you to a summer day” is arguably the most quoted poem on the net. Apps have been created in which famous voices recite the sonnet. The t-shirts are printed and almost all the sonnets are stored in the cloud forever.

What magnificent and charming sonnets they are, how wonderful in rhyme, rhythm, metric grandeur and powerful emotions. I will only quote the first lines of some of his

the most famous sonnets. :

Sonnet 2: When forty winters will besiege your front

Sonnet 12: When do I count the clock that gives the time

Sonnet 17: Who will believe my verse in the time to come

Sonnet 18: Shall I compare you to a summer day?

Sonnet 29: when in disgrace with fortune and the eyes of men

Sonnet 30: when to the sessions of soft silent thought

Sonnet 33: Many glorious mornings I have seen

Sonnet 55: Neither marble nor the golden monuments of princes

Sonnet 60: As the waves move towards the pebble shore

Sonnet 65: From brass neither stone nor land nor sea without limits

Sonnet 71: Stop crying for me when I’m dead

Sonnet 77: The glass will show you how your beauties wear

Sonnet 87: Goodbye you are too expensive for me

Each of the sonnets beginning with the first lines quoted above can serve as a treatise on a powerful emotion or quality such as love, or impermanence, a commentary on beauty, or the passage of time, or the power of Shakespeare’s own poetry.

Shelley’s greatest sonnet “Ozymandias” or “Bright star would I were steady as tu es” by Keats, or “The world is too much with us” by Wordsworth, can it compete with these sonnets in terms of lyrical splendor or emotional content? Each sonnet is a rare gem of the purest serene ray.

But sonnets hold a big secret. If we assume that the sonnets are all autobiographical and are addressed to two people – a young man beloved by the poet and the “dark lady” with whom they were both entangled – can they be identified? The majority of scholars who accept the personal theory assume that the “MWH” of the dedication was this young man. But there is so much confusion as to who this WH is, whether it is William Herbert Earl of Pembroke or Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton. William Herbert was around 17 in 1597 when his mother, who was obsessively eager to have a grandchild, asked Shakespeare to persuade him to marry Bridget Vere, daughter of the Earl of Oxford.

According to this theory, Shakespeare wrote his first 17 sonnets to this young man, at his request. But some researchers believe this is unlikely. The researchers also speculated that the so-called “black lady” of the Sonnets was Mary Fitton, a maid of honor to Queen Elizabeth, who gave birth to an illegitimate child to Herbert’s father. The queen sent him to prison but he was soon released. He never won her favor again.

A statue of Mary Fitton is one of Cheshire’s family monuments – it shows a dark-skinned lady with dark hair and dark eyes. But at least one person thinks two portraits of Mary portray her as a fair-skinned girl with brown hair.

Henry Wriothesley was born in 1573. Shakespeare dedicated to him Venus and Adonis and the Rape of Lucretia. It is believed that HW fell in love with a certain Elizabeth Vernon, a cousin of the Earl of Essex and incurred the displeasure of Queen Elizabeth. However, he secretly married Elizabeth Vernon and was sentenced to death only to have his sentence commuted to life in prison and later pardoned by James Stewart. Sonnet 107 could be Shakespeare’s congratulations on its release.

Henry Wriothesley supporters believe an inversion of his initials reads as WH. There is another theory that the black lady in question was either a mulatto or a quadron that Shakespeare was in love with.

No matter who certain sonnets are addressed to, the themes are the power of beauty, the impermanence of youth, the ravages of the ravages of time and a call to marry and leave offspring in order to preserve its beauty. . Very rarely as in sonnet 55, of which the first five verses I have quoted below, Shakespeare rightly boasted of the power of his own verse as being superior to the statues carved by the great sculptors in the conquest of time. and the preservation of beauty – a claim that cannot be refuted.

But you will shine

It may mean very little to whom the sonnets are addressed anyway. We have 154 magnificent sonnets which have no parallel in the annals of literature.

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