Sonnet 29 Commentary

Looking at Mr. MacKnight’s essay, I realise that I made a few very big mistakes. I wrote that the poet was a male who’d fallen out of love, watching his lovers go by, as he watched ‘beauties’ pass by year after year. Also, my essay wasn’t very structured, and focused mostly on the content of the poem. 

I learnt a lot from the model commentary. I’ve now got a better feel of how to write commentaries. It is also very interesting how we can compare different parts of the poem to get the main idea. The way I analyse the poem is more like rephrasing it, and it was very refreshing to see how clearly it cold be expressed. I got the same ideas from the poem, but the way I planned my essay became jumbled and confusing.

I think, if I planned out the essay carefully, it might be better. Also, from Mr. MacKnight’s essay, I’ve got a better idea of how to quote the poem, and make it work. Also, I learnt that the sounds of words are also important.

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4 comments to Sonnet 29 Commentary

  • John

    Yes, I like how he references line numbers in brackets when a direct quote is not necessary.

  • Callam

    i agree, it makes it a lot easier to follow! However i personally like having direct quotes in essays since you can see what the person is relating to without having to open the book. But thats just my opinion 🙂 sounds lazy but its the truth haha

  • John

    Also true, it is nice to see the actual lines but I think Mr. MacKnight still manages to capture the essence of the poem in his allusions to it.

  • Averil

    Yeah, It’s kinda genius seeing how Mr. Macknight is so to the point, no wasted words, yet capturing the entire idea so aptly.


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