Sonnet 42 Analysis and My Sonnet

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An original sonnet and analysis of Shakespeare's sonnet 42.


Lucas KjeldsenMs. GardnerEnglish 10, Period 410 September, 2014In Sonnet 42, the poet relates to a betrayal: His love leaving him for his friend. Throughout this sonnet, the poet leads us through his feelings about the ones he lost. Shakespeare's use of a saddening and mournful mood, as well as meaningful connotation dramatically presents the poets struggle with his love and friend he lost. The purposeful repetition of loss, is balanced by the more pleasant word love. The recurrence of these words show the impact that his loss had on him. Two lines in the sonnet have loss and love together, showing how closely related the poet sees these two concepts. The single instance of imagery, when the poet says lay on me this cross, can be interpreted a few different ways. When we hear this phrase you think of Jesus being crucified, but the meaning of the phrase is sadness or misery. It could also be argued that the poet is relating himself to the Christ-like figure on the cross of pain and suffering. Ultimately, the poet has lost his love and his friend, even though he lies to himself in the end saying that she actually loves him. He deceives himself because he truly knows, deep down, that they are gone forever.

My SonnetOh where has she gone, my adorable cat.I seemed to have lost her when I went on a jog.I loved her so much even though she was a brat.Hopefully she wasnt eaten by that neighbors dog.My grief seems endless, she was my only friend.We had so many fun times together;We were going to be together till the end.She even comforted me during the bad weather.It seemed impossible that she would leave.Why has this happened to me! What have I done?I must find some time so I can grieve.Now all thats left is me and my gun, But wait just a second, now I can see, Her ghost has come to stay with me!