Presentation on theme: "In Elizabethan England – the era in which Shakespeare’s sonnets were written – the sonnet was the form of choice for lyric poets particularly to engage."— Presentation transcript:
In Elizabethan England – the era in which Shakespeare’s sonnets were written – the sonnet was the form of choice for lyric poets particularly to engage with traditional themes of love and romance. A sonnet is a 14-line lyric poem traditionally written in iambic pentameter – lines ten syllables long with accents falling on every second syllable.
The Shakespearean sonnet is divided into 4 parts: the first 3 parts are each four lines long – known as quatrains the fourth part is a couplet.
This type of sonnet is often used to develop a sequence of metaphors and ideas, one in each quatrain, while the couplet offers either a summary or a new take on the preceding images and ideas.
Shakespeare’s sonnet sequence can be divided in the following way : Sonnets 1-126 – in which the poet strikes up a relationship with a young man – the Fair Youth Sonnets 127-154 – which are concerned with the poet’s relationship with a woman, his mistress – the Dark Lady
Sonnet 60 is acknowledged as one of Shakespeare’s greatest because it - is meditation on mortality - deals with the universal concerns of time and its passing - is the best exemplar of the theme of the ravages of time
Sonnet LX by William Shakespeare Ms.M.Sammut Dimech
Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,