Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare Term Paper TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1. Introduction. 4 2. Analysis 4 2.1. The Poem 4 2.2. German Translation. 4 3. Story 5 3.1. Characters 5 3.2. Action 5 4. Discourse. 6 4.1. Characterisatio­n. 6 4.2. Types of Events 7 4.3. Structure of Events 7 4.4. Tell-ability 7 4.5. Types of Discourse. 8 4.6. Time Management 8 4.7. Real- life Frames 8 4.8. Form 8 4.9 .Indeterminacie­s 9 4.10. Unmediated vs. Mediated. 9 4.11. Linguistic Level 9 4.12. Rhythm 12 4.13. Phonological Figures 13 4.14. Morphological Figures 14 4.15.…
Analysis Sonnet 1 by William Shakespeare
Analysis: Sonnet 1
In this essay, the first of the 154 sonnets by William Shakespeare, released in 1609 is going to be analysed. The first seventeen of these sonnets are addressed to the poet’s friend, whose identity is unknown, assuming he existed at all.
The poem has the typical structure of a Shakespearean sonnet since it consists of three quatrains and a rhyming couplet, with a regular abab, cdcd, efef, gg rhyme scheme and a iambic pentameter. It contains several different topics.
The first one is the idea of immortality, which is typical for a Shakespearean sonnet. It is telling the lyrical thou, it might become nearly immortal by reproducing and passing on his beauty to future generations (com. L. 2, 4). With this, the lyrical I is trying to convince and persuade it to father offspring, baiting him by mentioning all the advantages inheriting his beauty to “a tender heir” would have (comp. l. 4).
The next topic is nature. At the beginning, the lyrical I states, one would desire offspring only from the prettiest beings, since their beauty would then be passed on, in order that “thereby beauty’s rose might never die” (comp. l. 2).
Hereby, it is not only implied that the lyrical thou must be very handsome, but also, through the symbol of the rose, that beauty is perishable. From line nine to ten the lyrical I is once more praising the young man’s natural vision (“the world’s fresh ornament // and only herald to .....[read full text]