A Critical Comparison Of Shakespeare's "Sonnet 130" And Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Sonnet 14"

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Petrarchan sonnets are like all the other typical sonnets in the early sixteenth which consist of 14 verses in the poem and 10 syllables per line. In comparison, they all instigate the traditional theme of love where women were admired and sometimes worshipped in order to express deep love that emissaries her beauty.
However, Petrarchan sonnet could not said be too congruent to sixteenth style of writing sonnets. Nevertheless, they share identical theme in the sonnets which is the traditional theme of love where Petrarchan sonnets uses clichés in order to describe his mistress as “lucid gold” and her smile as “angelic smile”. It is implicit where intensely romantic images are clearly used in here to challenge the conventional representations of females’ beauty and is to create beauty and communicate meaning within a tightly structured format. It is to work within self-imposed restrictions to discover just how much one can accomplish. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” this is found in the courtly love poems which mesmerizes to his mistress that awes at her beauty clearly in this verse. Women were clearly challenged which implicit from the tone, but in comparison they show great identity to the challengeable images to describe their mistresses in their own ways.

Shakespeare’s style of writing sonnets subverts the Barrate-Browning’s style of writing sonnets, where they antithesis the traditional view of love. The most basic gist in both sonnets that they both address to their loved ones which is courtly described the reality in both sonnets. In comparison Shakespeare addresses his sonnet to a “Dark Lady” which lacks of clichés and very touched poignancy. In addition Elizabeth Barrett –Browning addresses her sonnet to her husband that she claims to be above of physical attractions and meaningless. Both poems subvert the traditional view of love by writing or saying that love must not be described by clichés but to be loved for the “love’s sake”.

Sonnet CXXX is written by Shakespeare, were like all the other typical courtly love poems in base to its structure of how it hath been written.
In based to its structure it follows that usual structure of Shakespearean sonnets which mostly it has been written in iambic pentameter, ten syllables per line.
The rhyme scheme of this sonnet is ababcdcdefefgg. The two lines are being intended with the rhyming couplets “And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare- As any she belied with false compare” that Shakespeare refers his sonnet into a love poem with imperfection images but despite all of the imperfection he intimidates the structure that conforms rather than being a love poem that is honesty and frank subverting the tradition.
On the other hand, sonnet XIV from “Sonnets from the Portuguese” is written by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. In comparison, its structure is based to traditional sixteenth century poetic structure such sonneteers Petrarchan and Shakespeare sonnets. Moreover, it...

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