Essays and Research Papers on Sonnets

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A 3 page essay that explicates this Shakespearean sonnet. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page paper which provides a critical analysis of Sonnet 130. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

In seven pages this paper provides an analysis of the poet’s style, compares text similarities, discusses relevant literary devices, and explores Shakespeare’s literary characteristics. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

A 7 page paper which compares and contrasts the feelings of professional depression expressed in each poem, comparing and contrasting such elements as word choice, word order, tone, imagery, figures of speech, and sound. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

An 8 page paper which examines how William Shakespeare expresses the themes of love and death in the characters of his play, "Romeo and Juliet," and in his "Sonnet 130," considering how they are represented both literally and figuratively. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This 5 page paper uses three of Shakespeare’s sonnets to illustrate how the Poet / Narrator uses Shakespeare’s favorite themes (love, beauty, age) to construct his arguments. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 3 page essay that analyzes these two sonnets. William Shakespeare is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest masters of the English language who ever lived. Examination of two of his sonnets, Sonnets 73 and 130, demonstrates this expertise in regards to Shakespeare's use of metaphor, alliteration, enjambment and imagery. No additional sources cited. ...

This 5 page paper provides an in-depth analysis of the use of metaphor in this sonnet. Shakespeare uses metaphor to highlight the theme of death in this piece. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 3 page essay that analyzes Shakespeare's Sonnet 147, "My love is a fever, longing still." The writer argues that Shakespeare makes use of an extended metaphor that compares the love he harbors for an unnamed woman to an insidious disease. The terminology of disease gives Shakespeare a far different vocabulary from the ...

A 3 page examination and comparison/contrast of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 27 and Sonnet 130. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 3 page paper which compares and contrasts Shakespeare’s Sonnets 138 and 139. No additional sources cited.

A 2.5 page paper which examines its type, the two major parts of sonnet function, stylistic elements such as metaphors and imagery, and theme. No additional sources are used.

This 4 page essay is on Shakespeare's sonnets 18 and 73. The writer compares and contrasts the way Shakespeare uses a metaphor, changing of the seasons as analogous to the lifespan, in each poem. Bibliography cites only the primary sources.

A 7 page paper (6 pp. + 1 pg. outline) which examines the structure of William Shakespeare's sonnet 130, to demonstrate how it deviates from the conventional sonnet form established by Petrarch. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Shakespeare/Sonnet 73

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page explication of “Sonnet 73” by William Shakespeare. In addition to his plays, Williams Shakespeare is famous for his beautiful sonnets. In “Sonnet 73” Shakespeare presents three metaphors that collectively show his gradual acceptance of his progression towards death. Each metaphor illustrates his understanding and conceptualization of death, and culminates in an appeal ...

A 3 page paper which compares/contrasts William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 with Luther Vandross’ song “Here and Now” as it involves love. No additional sources cited.

This 5 page paper supports the thesis that Keats had attempted to use Shakespeare's techniques but could not master them. Shakespeare's "Sonnet 73" and Keats' s "On first looking into Chapman's Homer" are used as examples. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines how the images in this poem contribute to the central metaphor of the lover compared to a summer’s day. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines the Elizabethan sonnets in detail, then compares and contrasts the nature of love in each. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Shakespeare: Sonnet 73

  • 4 page paper

This 4 page paper explicates and explains Shakespeare's Sonnet 73. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Shakespeare/Sonnet 34

  • 4 page paper

A 4 page essay/research paper that offers several interpretations of Shakespeare's meaning in this poignant poem. The writer then chooses from among these interpretations and argues that a homoerotic interpretation makes the most sense. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This 5 page paper analyzes Shakespeare's Sonnet 2, 55, 60 for concepts, themes and images of Time. Examples and quotes cited from texts. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This 5 page report discusses Shakespeare’s Sonnet 118 that begins with the words “Like as, to make our appetites more keen.” Sonnet 118 may be dismissed as only dealing with appetites associated with sexual obsession and gluttony. The imagery of food such as “being full,” “sweetness,” “bitter sauces,” and “feeding” establishes a sense of satiation or over-indulgence. As a result ...

This 3 page paper discusses the themes, imagery and symbolism in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Othello and Sonnet 87

  • 5 page paper

A five page paper which looks at the theme of jealousy in Shakespeare’s Othello, and contrasts it with the more mature and rational perspective on emotional relationships which is demonstrated in sonnet 87 (Farewell, thou art too dear …) Bibliography lists 2 sources

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