Sonnet 29 Commentary

Today in class we wrote a commentary about ‘Sonnet 29′.  In my commentary I talked about how Millay’s repetition of natural endings  and general portrayal of love made it a sad poem.  When I read Mr. MacKnight’s commentary I noticed that he made some of the same points but he went into much more detail.  In almost every sentence he discussed what Millay had done or the implications of what she had done – there was very dense analysis.  From these commentaries I have learned the importance of getting straight to the point.  Often in my commentaries I am slow to start making useful commentary and can hopefully improve on this in the future.

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5 comments to Sonnet 29 Commentary

  • Anita :)

    Yes, I agree. Everything in the essay was to the point. Usually, I always add extra useless stuff in, so everything gets too confusing or wastes time.

  • Cassie

    John, I totally I agree with starting the essay. I also find it difficult but it shows that you don’t need a long introduction to make a good essay. (Well for GCSE anyway)

  • Jennifer

    I agree with you John. And the other thing I’ve noticed is that Mr. Macknight’s analysis flows really well. For me, I’m somehow obligated to begin the point with “Firstly/ Moreover/ Also”, and saying “This shows/ portrays/ illustrates” after stating the point which makes my commentary seem quite repetitive. I think I still have a long way to go :D

  • Averil

    I agree that getting to the point and being concise are very important. i often find myself going in circles or just rambling one because i’ve got nothing else clever to write about. I think this is a very serious error and bad habbit.. :(

  • Callam

    did you guys also pick up on how Mr Mcknight’s references of page citations all synced in perfectly. I dont know about you guys but i find it hard to do so and it often makes my sentence confusing and makes little sense

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