Academic Papers on Sonnets

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Sonnets

  • 5 page paper

The sonnet seems to be the epitome of the lover's message. It is a type of poetic form that was extremely popular in Elizabethan and Victorian England. The sonnet form was invented by Giacomo da Lentino in the mid-13th century. This 5 page paper compares and contrasts Shakespeare's Sonnet #18, Shall I compare thee to a ...

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.

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.

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 5 page paper evaluates Shakespeare's sonnets and explores them in respect to their sexual meanings. Several sonnets are discussed as well other Shakespearean works in order to elaborate on the theme. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

In Shakespeare's sonnet eighteen he seems to be writing to a woman. In sonnet twenty, however, it is a man to whom Shakespeare addresses his sentiments of love and desire. This 5 page paper explores the implications of the different perspective of the two sonnets. No additional sources are listed.

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

A 5 page paper which examines the use of figures of speech to develop the themes of death and nature, considering the different effects of this language, and how it contributes to the overall impact of each poem. Bibliography lists 5 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 provides a critical analysis of Sonnet 130. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Dark Lady

  • 5 page paper

5 pages. Who was the Dark Lady in William Shakespeare's Sonnet 127? This paper examines Sonnet 127 and considers what she must symbolize and who she might be. There are references to her in many of his sonnets, and just as many different theories about her. 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 5 page paper which examines the Elizabethan sonnets in detail, then compares and contrasts the nature of love in each. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

A 3 page paper which examines Shakespeare's poem "The Phoenix and the Turtle." Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 13 page paper discusses Shakespeare's sonnets, specifically numbers 18 and 130, with regard to the sexuality found therein. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 9 page essay that contrasts and compares Shakespeare's use of figuratively language in Sonnets 23 and 147. These sonnets focus on the dark side of love and the excruciating torment that it can bring when love is unrequited or undeserved. The writer also points out where the poems are different in context, as Sonnet ...

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

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

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