A Formalistic Approach In Reading Sonnet 29

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A Formalistic Approach
Reading of “Sonnet 29”
By William Shakespeare

Sonnet 29
By William Shakespeare

A sonnet is a lyric poetry, which consists of 14 iambic pentameter lines that are arranged in two waves of thought. Sonnet 29 is a Shakespearean sonnet wherein it follows a pattern of three quatrains and a couplet and has a rhyme scheme of ababcdcdefefgg. It is written in a meter called iambic pentameter because each sonnet line consists of ten syllables and these syllables are divided into five pairs called iambs. An iamb is a metrical unit consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable.

The sonnet is divided into two parts. The first part is the ...view middle of the document...

These envies add to his great sadness because he thought that his life is already worthless, as he has no things like those of other men.

The third and last quatrain tells us that the poet wishes to be more optimistic. On line 9, he thinks that his life is worthless and he has nothing, but suddenly on the next lines, he remembers a good friend, which makes his condition improve. He uses a figurative language, a simile, to compare his new mood to, which is happy. He compares such a change in mood, from sadness to happiness, to a lark rising at the break of day, which sings hymns at heaven's gate.

Then last is the couplet, which has an inspiring message. After the speaker remembers the love of his friend and what great things he has, it makes him totally happy with his life. He was so happy that he wouldn’t even consider changing his position in life with a king. He compares his state of life with a king’s, because a king’s position is dreamt by most people, for a king has all the riches...

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