Original Sonnet and Analysis of Sonnet 109

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Redemption Sonnet and analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnet 109

Text of Original Sonnet and Analysis of Sonnet 109

  • ShannonGallupM.Gardner

    English100

    9August2014

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    Thud.Ofheartbeatrippledthroughmybody,

    Quakingwithdesiretovieforchampion.

    Thud.Earssensednothingmore.Mymind,markedly

    Vacant,plaguedbymydutytowin.

    Letthecoldsnap,lettheicywindsblow,

    Isensenot,driventodriveoutthelessr

    Oppugnantboatsflankingfromsterntobow.

    Inflamedbydeaddreamsoftheantecessor

    Ipressonpastadvancingcollapse.

    Dancingontheedgeofmyvision,one

    Elusivemedalinsplendor,noneshelacks

    Asthefinishadvances,Iknowthatitsgone

    Ohbronze,ohsilver,itsforgoldthatIthirst

    MaynextyearIfinish,notsecond,butfirst.

  • AnalysisofSonnet109

    InSonnet109,aShakespeareattemptstoreconcilewithhisloveandredeemhimselfinhereyes.Throughoutthepoem,theauthorsuseoftheatricalandmelodramaticimageryconnecttohisdesperatedesiretomakeupforhismistake.Theuseofthecomparisonofhisinfidelitytoastainofbloodacrosshisrelationshipsuggestsafragileandimpulsivenaturetocarryasituationtotheextremeandanallornothingattitude.Imagesofhislovercarryinghissoulinherbreastproveshowreliantonhisloversacceptanceheis,forwithouther,heiswithouthisveryessence.Accompanyingtheimageryistheuseofabruptcaesura,usedtofocusonspecificaspectsofthepoembyisolatingcertainwordsorphrases.Oh,isolatedatthebeginningofthepoem,notonlyconveyspainandshockfeltbytheauthor,butbreakingofftherhythmalsomirrorshowhislovehasbeenbroken.Myrosebeingsetasideduringthemiddleofalinecentersourfocustothefactthatthispoemistoawoman,afactthatbringstomindShakespearesaffairsthathehadwithotherloversthroughouthislife.Toemployforgiveness,enlighteningtoourselvesandourlovedoneshowdesperatelyweneedoneanother,requiresaknowledgeofourselves.Torecognizewhatweholddearandexposeourselvestothebloodstainsofrealityandtoanotherhuman,knowingthattheyholdeverythingtocontrolus,isanactoftrustthatisraretoasocietyofsuspicionliketheoneweliveintoday.Theimageryusedbythepoetofhisinnerselfisdarkfullofbloodstainsandemptiness,expressesafrontiermysterioustomanythatofourownmind.