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Analyzing Shakespearean Sonnets Essay

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Shakespearean sonnets seem to be organized in three parts; the initial third of the sonnets seem to be directing the recipient of these poems to replicate to endure his heritage, the second third highlight the capacity of the immortalizing skills of their sonnets and with all the latter there is the appearance of a dark haired woman - possibly a tongue-and-cheek comedy of the Petrarchan sonnet. Sonnet 147, as among the weakest third sonnets, seems to be led into the dark haired woman; as a anti-love sonnet, sonnet 147 covers the development of emotions dealing with the loss of a buff. Shakespeare laments on his woeful condition and exemplifies clearly, these development of feelings through the use of rhetorical tools and through metaphorical methods by designing the sonnet itself as a catalyst. In the very first line Shakespeare clearly creates a picture of his love as a fever, a disease that consumes him and for which the doctor can discover no cure (line 9). Through a simile in the first line Shakespeare determines the bigger metaphor of the whole sonnet for a fever. Shakespeare would have a strong familiarity with the medical theory and treatments of the age. Early modern medical concept drew strongly in the writings of Hippocrates and the following four humors theory (Garrison 71). The concept of the four humors held that the body has been comprised of four basic materials, or humors: black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood. In the event the humors were out of balance this would result in illness; excess of blood raised the temperature of the human body and thus caused congestion (Garrison 213). Fittingly, a person with plenty of blood has been full of fire вЂ" thus the poets excess in fire has led to his fever. At a secondary, yet reassuring manner...

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