- 1. ShakespeareanSonnetBy R. S. GwynnPoetry ProjectMallory Smithand MegannWilson
2. With the first line taken from the TV listingsA man is haunted by his fathers ghost. Boy meets girl while feuding families fight. A Scottish king is murdered by his host. Two couples get lost on a summer night. A hunchback slaughters all who block his way. A rulers rivals plot against his life. A fat man and a prince make rebels pay. A noble Moor has doubts about his wife. An English king decides to conquer France. A duke finds out his best friend is a she. A forest sets the scene for this romance. An old man and his daughters disagree. A Roman leader makes a big mistake. A sexy queen is bitten by a snake. 3. The Analysis Our analysis is simple. Each line ofthis sonnet represents a differentplay by William Shakespeare 4. Li n e s 1 - 5 A man is haunted by his fathers ghost. Hamlet Boy meets girl while feuding families fight . Romeo and Juliet A Scottish king is murdered by his host. MacBeth Two couples get lost on a summer night. A Midsummer Nights Dream A hunchback slaughters all who block his way. Richard III 5. Li n e s 6 - 1 0 A rulers rivals plot against his life. Richard II A fat man and a prince make rebels pay. Henry IV A noble Moor has doubts about his wife. Othello An English king decides to conquer France. Henry V A duke finds out his best friend is a she. Twelfth Night 6. Li n e s 11 - 1 4 A forest sets the scene for this romance.As You Like It An old man and his daughters disagree.King Lear A Roman leader makes a big mistake.Julius Caesar A sexy queen is bitten by a snake.Antony and Cleopatra 7. The sonnet is a Shakespearean or English sonnet. The definition (from mylitlab) Generally, a sonnet is a one-stanza lyric poem of fourteen lines in iambic pentameter with a specific rhyme scheme. Sonnets address a range of themes, but love is the most common. The Shakespearean (or English) sonnet has three quatrains (4 lines) and a concluding couplet (two lines) with an abab cdcd efef gg rhyme scheme. The Spenserian sonnet offers a variant rhyme scheme of abab bcbc cdcd ee. In the Shakespearean sonnet, the sestets describe a problem or situation that is repeated in each sestet with some variation; the remaining couplet offers a summary, usually with a turn of thought.The rhyme scheme, as dictated by being a Shakespearean sonnet is abab cdcd efef gg 8. The theme of the sonnet is quite simply, plays by William Shakespeare. Each line represents a different play by the bard. 9. Alliteration Definition (from mylitlab) Therepetition of the same sounds ininitial consonants or stressedsyllables in a sequence of words.Example, line 2 Boy meets girl while feuding families fight 10. Couplet Definition (from mylitlab) Agrouping of two rhymed verse linestypically with a common metricalpattern or line length.Example, lines 13-14 A Roman leader makes a big mistake. A sexy queen is bitten by a snake. 11. IronyDefinition (from my litlab) Broadly speaking, irony is an incongruity or contradiction between appearance and reality Example, line 10 A duke finds out his best friend is a she. 12. ConsonanceDefinition (from mylitlab) The repetition of identical or similar consonants in a sequence of words with different vowel sounds. Example, line 11 A forest sets the scene for this romance. 13. Tone Definition (from mylitlab) The author'sattitude in a literary text toward theaudience or reader (i.e., familiar, formal)or toward the subject itself(i.e., satiric, celebratory, ironic).Shakespearean Sonnet can be seen in twodifferent tones. One tone is that of alight, humorous poke at the television guidelifestyle society has turned to. The secondtone is the seriousness of thatMcdonaldization of society. The need tohave everything done now (instead of takingones time to do something) which prevailswith reducing classic works to one liners. 14. Imagery Definition (from mylitlab) Imagery (collective form of image) refers to a) depictions of objects or qualities perceived by the five senses; b) the figurative language used to convey abstract ideas concretely; or, more specifically, c) the depiction of visual objects or scenes. Imagery is what makes language and literature concrete and not abstract. Example, line 5 A hunchback slaughters all who block hisway. 15. Analysis Articles While there are no articles specificallyanalyzing Shakespearean Sonnet by R.S. Gywnn, we did find a few articles thatmention his use of sonnets in moderntimes and his use of humor whilebroaching issues with modern culture.We agreed with these ideas, as well asthe fact that sonnets are not necessarilyboring or antiquated.We provided excerpts from the twoarticles we liked best. The full articlescan be found on the ProQuest database. 16. Borne Ceaselessly into the pastby Bruce Bawer(An excerpt from the article)Reading R. S. Gwynn, you can find yourself getting irkedat other poets: why can't they all give you this many laughs? Fordecades now we've been fed the line that formal poetry is by itsvery nature stiff and stuffy, and that free -verse poems make formore enjoyable company. Ha! The deep, dark, dirty little secretis that it's the formal, even rigorously classical types -onethinks, for example, of the likes of John Frederick Nims andFrederick Turner-who tend to churn out the poems with thegreatest entertainment value. Certainly this is the case with Gwynn, whose No Word ofFarewell: Selected Poems 1970 -2000 amuses at nearly everyturn. To be sure, like Nims and Turner, Gwynn pretty muchalways has something serious (even, at times, deadly solemn) tosay; but more often than not he says it with a smile -or asmirk, or a sneer. Like them, too, his recurring themes are thedecay of Western civilization -trash culture, fashionablepolitics, education made E -Z-and the enduringfaults, frailties, fallacies, foibles, and fraudulencies of thehuman comedy. Soaked in the classics, positively drenched inpoetic history (ancient as well as not so ancient), and suffusedby classical wit, Gwynn's poems read like textbook examples ofhow to transform the personal into the universal for fun andprofit. 17. The sonnet: Not just for thelovelorn anymoreby Marilyn L. Taylor (excerpt from the article)Objection #2: Sonnets are old-fashioned.A second reason I heard for avoiding thesonnet is a widespread reluctance to writequot;oldfashionedquot;-as if the form somehowguarantees a corny outdated poem. You knowthis is nonsense if you've read the work ofMarilyn Hacker, Gwendolyn Brooks, MollyPeacock, Paul Muldoon, Rhina Espaillat, R.S.Gwynn or the scores of others who frequentlyspeak in sonnets to our own age and in our ownquirky language-sometimes with profunditysometimes with irresistible charm.