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06-24-2007, 10:41 AM
What is Shakepeare's contributions to the soonnets??

can anyone tell me? please

it's an essay quiz

06-25-2007, 01:37 AM
Hint: google "Shakespearean sonnet":idea:

06-25-2007, 01:49 AM
Only 154 of the things...
Wish I could help more.
There is the fact that the sonnets have "characters" (the poet, the young man - sometimes considered Marlowe - and the "dark lady") and function in a loosely dramatic way. One can't really claim they are strictly so, as the standard ordering of them is not Shakespeare's own. But here's something from the Longman Anthology of British Lit (3rd edition) that you might find useful about this:

"The reader can trace their [the sonnets'] representation of successive relations betweeen persons and themes: the young man, although himself derelict in the duties of friendship, will remain beloved by the poet and be made immortal by his verse, while the dark lady, who is unscrupulous and afflicted with venereal disease, receives only expressions of desire and lust, shadowed by the poet's disdain and self-loathing."

08-09-2007, 02:27 PM
Look up a Petrarchan sonnet, then a Spenserian sonnet, then a Shakespearian sonnet. You will see the difference, in terms of objective (Petrarch dealt with long elaborate conceits talking about his love) in terms of scheme (Shakespeare altered the octave then sestet volta, to 3 quatrains then a volta couplet). His rhyme scheme also changed the structuring, as did his imagery changing from the traditional love poem.