Sonnet 144 Analysis:
Two loves I have of comfort and despair,
Which like two spirits do suggest me still,
The better angel is a man right fair:
The worser spirit a woman coloured ill.
To win me soon to hell my female evil,
Tempteth my better angel from my sight,
And would corrupt my saint to be a devil:
Wooing his purity with her foul pride.
And whether that my angel be turn'd fiend,
Suspect I may yet not directly tell,
But being both from me both to each friend,
I guess one angel in an other's hell.
Yet this shall I ne'er know but live in doubt,
Till my bad angel fire my good one out.
In the first quatrain of sonnet 144 Shakespeare describes his two loves. He describes his two loves. One of them brings him ...view middle of the document...
I think this is used to emphasize the great and bad things in life.
In the second quatrain, Shakespeare explains how the female will send him to hell since she is tempting the angel to join the dark side. He is also saying that she will corrupt the angel and corrupt his soul with her pride. What’s very interesting about this quatrain is that Shakespeare is explains how he blames all of the problems of the relationship between his male and female lovers on the female. He is insecure about his future. He is not sure if his good angel will turn into something bad and unpleasant. The reason why he might think this will happen is because in line 8, it says that the female is “Wooing his purity with her foul pride.” In other words, both angels are becoming so close, the good angel is being consumed by the females’ foul pride.
Now in this last quatrain, Shakespeare says that one angel is the other angels’ hell. Which you could say it is a paradox, but it is best suited to be juxtaposition. There is also some alliteration in line 11. It says, “But being both from me, both to each friend,” I did some research about the significance of the letter B and I found out that the letter B is supposed to represent the first duality; the good and the bad. And so this alliteration emphasizes the differences between these two lovers.
Finally the volta occurs in the second to last line. The reason why I think the volta happens here is because previously, Shakespeare is talking about how the bad angel will pull the good angel into hell but in the last two lines, he says that he will wait for the bad angel to fire the good angel out of hell.