Sonnet 29 commentary

After reading the commentary by Mr. Macknight, I’ve noticed several noticeable aspects. Firstly, lots of terms that I’ve learnt but forgotten were seen ( :) ), such as ‘iamb’, ‘pathetic fallacy’ and intonation. Because I paid less attention to the rhythmic qualities of the poems/sonnets and had slight problems with describing them until now, it was really new to me. Also, there were constant line references which I forgot to do in last commentary, and when listing specific words from different parts of the sonnet brackets were used instead of listing words in quotation marks.

However, I thought that further explanations about the imagery of natural process could have been done. For example, fading sun, waning moon and ebbing tide can be related to the persona’s claim that “I have known this always”: these images are symbol of natural decline, hence hinting that the persona knew the heartbreaking consequence of love’s end since the beginning. Furthermore, sun fades every day, moon wanes every month and tide ebbs every 12 hours. These processes are repetitive and continual, which tells the readers that persona would eventually love someone again, just like the cycle of nature.

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5 comments to Sonnet 29 commentary

  • Callam

    speaking about rhythmic qualities, did you notice at the end of each line the last words rhymed? could this possibly be relating to time and how his life is slowly going on and nothing interesting nor new is happening? just a few things to think about :)

  • Averil

    I find the rhymes and intonations part very interesting. I do notice them when reading the poem. But when it comes to writing the commentary, I never know how to write about these intonations and point out the rhymes properly in ways that actually make sense. This is something that Mr MacKnight’s essay really opened my eyes to. I’ll have to try doing that some time.

  • David

    Your closing paragraph seems to merit the question: Is she saying that she will love again, or does she say she will love and be heartbroken again?

  • Jennifer

    I think the speaker is trying to say that she’ll love and be heartbroken again. Even though her head knows that loving someone else is painful, her heart inevitably would go through the same process of loving someone and being hurt again.

  • Brandon

    Exactly the poet seems to be writing about a chain of inevitable heartbreaks thus the image of cycles in nature such as the tide

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