Sample English Comparative Essay on Sonnet 18 and 130

Comparative Essay

Sonnet 18 and 130

Poet applies a number of different styles of language to emphasize on a certain issue or deliver to the audience the intended message. However, the author has to take a lot of time and care to ensure that the readers do not misinterpret or misunderstand the meaning of the work. Human effects cannot be used in isolation from other features of language. This is the reason as to why many writers/poets combine different style in coming up with a poem or any other work of writing. Therefore, good work is structured along the right combination of words and figurative language. This essay compares the difference use of figurative language in the two poems. Specifically, much focus is laid on symbols, structure, and imagery (Gardner 34).

First, the two poems are related to each other due to their main message, which is love. The authors are grateful to their lovers and praise them for the good thing they have done.  The first poem (sonnet 18) outlines all protective acts and measures the spouse renders unto her during difficult moments. In so doing, she enjoys each moment when the man is within her reach. The second poem (sonnet 130) shows a male spouse revealing his feelings to his female spouse. Her physical outlook is extremely attractive to him. He use objects such as the sun, roses, perfumes to describe her.

Sonnet 18 uses symbolism and metaphor at the same time to compare her love to the lover. She insinuates and refers to her spouse as being a summer day. Despite being a hot day, she feels comfortable and enjoys his presence. The love between the two individuals is represented by the sun which is symbolic. The poet indicates that the sun shines releasing its heat to warm the earth. It symbolizes the warmth of his love towards her. In addition, death is deemed not to end the love she feels toward him. Metaphoric statement finds it way in this poem where the eyes are compared to shining sun. In sonnet 130, the poet widely included simile. At a point the male lover expresses his love to his spouse, he feel good at catching a glance of her. At this point, a male lover is talking about his affection to spouse. The man says that the eyes are like the sun. He demonstrates and outlines the qualities of a beautiful woman. He describes her qualities by focusing on her features such as the hair, breasts, lips and cheeks. Her voice is also pleasant and would like to hear her sing from time to time (Gardner 35).

Thirdly, both sonnets make use of passive voice in writing their work. The rhythms are not regularly distributed in both poems but helps the poets to deliver the message. For sonnet 18, sentences ending with -ay, -de, -st and –ee creates a rhythm. Sonnet 130 rhythm is created by sentences with –un, -eeks, -nd and –re at the end (Gardner 34).

In conclusion, the two distinguished articles/work capture the readers who assumes the role and responsibilities of the performer (person making an expression). Emotional connection is crucial to understanding the meaning of the article. The process of creating rhythms presents many challenges to the poet especially if the rhythms forms irregular pattern. The role played by rhythm is to form a pattern of syllables that sounds the same hence enhances the flow of words. It is therefore paramount for a poet to integrate figurative language as demonstrated above.

Works Cited

Gardner, Janet E. Literature: A Portable Anthology. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014. Print.