Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Module 4 - Reading Assignment 6

Sonnet 1 – discusses the idea that beauty is in the inside and people cover it up. The only way to preserve beauty is to have children and pass it on otherwise the beauty will dwindle with time. I think this is a good message for more than just looks, but for every characteristic. It is imporatant to pass on qualities to children.
Sonnet 12 – discusses a similar idea to that of Sonnet 1, in which time holds no bar to anyone. It shows time passing by seasons changing and flowers dying. I think that it does make good imagery of time passing, but emphasizes the bad things about passing time over the good.
Sonnet 15 – discusses the idea that everyone and everything has a peak moment of perfection. Once man reaches this peak, they begin to descend because of time. It says that everything is powered by the stars and the sky. I think it offers the old, but good, message of live life ot the fullest.
Sonnet 18 – discusses the opposite of the previous sonnets. The poem attempts to compare someone’s beauty to a summer’s day but cannot because there is imperfection in every aspect of the day, from the sun to the buds. The beauty of the subject will live on forever and surpass death because they are immortalized in this sonnet. I like this poem a lot better than the others because it is more of an optomistic outlook on life.
Sonnet 20 – discusses the qualities of a man who has feminine qualities that the narrator desires. Many think that this sonnet is the defining sonnet to discuss Shakespeare’s homosexuality. I think that this poem is quite gender confusing but a nice way to announce that the subject is of the narrator’s ideal.
Sonnet 29 – discusses the sorrows of a man that wishes he was like men more fortunate than he. His only way of being happy is to think of his love and all of his woes disappear and he sings to Heaven. I like the love attitudes in this sonnet because it shows the passion that one has towards another.
Sonnet 30 – discusses similar thoughts of Sonnet 29. The narrator is down about how he feels and cries over many things, past and present. When he thinks of his love, his sorrows go away and his losses are restored. I think this is very true in that sometimes when you cry about something, you think about mayn other things and cannot stop crying. It takes that one special thing to take your mind off of your sadness.
Sonnet 31 – discusses the past loves of the narrator. His past loves have all died and he thought they were gone until he met his new love, who encompases all of their qualities. He is grieving for the past loves until he met his new love. I think it is a good piece of advice in which it is okay to grieve but wa all must move on from love.
Sonnet 33 – discusses a beautiful world where the sun beams on the land below, but then is covered by dark clouds. It compares this act to his own morning of a beautiful start then covered with sadness. The love though perseveres through the darkness and shines above the rest. It has a good moral and is a picker-upper for when your down.


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