Sonnet 29

During this, I kept changing my view on the poem, meaning I should have reread it several times. First I thought it meant a breakup (then I realized, to my facepalm, it is a sonnet) and then realized that it was a death, and that all of that is quite subtly in there as the author never actually says “he is dead and now he cannot love me”.

Reading Mr MacKnight’s essay, reveals to me the possibility of using slightly more linguistic reasoning, talking about the sounds of language, and their effects, rather than just the language. This is something I had done in my AS English, but it is largely undeveloped. But at the same time I had briefly discussed the use of “pity me not” as opposed to “don’t pity me”, yet I feel it was probably a bit of a bull- comparison now.

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7 comments to Sonnet 29

  • Averil

    I dont really get the relationship between sonnets and breakups. Is there some general sonnet/relationship?
    Other than that, I agree. Most of the time when we’re put into time constraied situations, we end up commenting on parts of the poem that actually dont need to be commented on. Which wastes time and makes me feel that i’m actually writing something ><

  • David

    Sonnets are often about death. I know how you feel about the feeling like you’re writing something, happens to me a lot. Like in the mock in November. I got home and typed it up. While I did this I realized that it was not particularly deep. I still got a 5+ though. I’m quite unsure on how examiners judge whether an argument is good or not.

  • Brandon

    I find I must disagree with you that the sonnet is about death. The sonnet mentions ending and re-birth but not about death.

  • David

    Personally, I find that there is not so much left for a rebirth. Edna seems to paint the picture that her life has been destroyed on the coast from a massive wind. The wind being the breakup and the mess being her. A shore of course symbolises an end.

    However, I can see your point about the rebirth, because all the metaphors used, the moon waning and the flowers dying are possibly purposely flawed, since they will be born again.

  • John

    Yeah, I would side more with Brandon here. From my experience most of the sonnets I’ve read have been love poems, and this one is the same. While the sonnets will sometimes turn to death or the failure of love in the second segment after the volta.

  • Brandon

    As I was saying though I see no mention of death in the sonnet only mentions of aging and images of cycles.

  • Callam

    There are a few images in there that you could infer that someone close to her has died? like the “shipwreck”, could be symbolising a person?

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