Sonnet 29

When I first read the commentary I thought I had the meaning of the sonnet straight away (a never ending chain of heart breaks that’s getting worse due to the poets advancing age). Mr. Macknight’s essay gave me an entirely different outlook on the commentary as well as the style of writing needed in a commentary. It was precise and to the point. There were no generalized statements or run on statements, it was more like state point => example=> explanation/analysis/comment. This essay had lots of different ways of analysis that he had mentioned in class before yet I neglected to follow such as details about the sounds when reading the sonnet and language used, which was also explained with great detail. Another thing I didn’t do in the essay was looking at the poem as a whole. Instead I merely explained parts of the sonnet while failing to link it to the rest of the sonnet, as opposed to Mr. Macknight who managed to efficiently link his points back to the sonnet as a whole. This has given me the idea of creating a basic template or list of ideas of different aspect that need to be mentioned in a commentary, I believe this would also improve my general level of analysis in English, giving me new points and outlooks to a text.

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5 comments to Sonnet 29

  • David

    In your post you mention a “never ending chain of heart breaks”. Is this your view on Edna’s Persona’s heartbreak? Do you think that she is just merely like an angsty teenager?

  • John

    I think personas can get pretty annoying. Sure I am making an assumption if I assume that Edna is writing about her own experiences, but I think in poems like this or in Thomas Hardy’s “The Voice”, it can be pretty clear that the speaker and writer are one in the same. What I take from the poem is that Edna (or the persona) has just experienced the end of a serious relationship – perhaps a marriage – but not the ending of a series of relationships. Is that now your current viewpoint as well, Brandon?

  • Averil

    I agree that personas are annoying. How can we be sure if the poet is talking about himself/herself, or just writing from another’s point of view? We can never be sure, especially if we do not have substantial background knowledge of the poet. So, I guess when it really comes down to it, it doesnt seem unreasonable to just analyse the poem as it comes. After all, it is just our interpretation of the poem and not what the poem actually means and tells us. My point of view can be completely different from anyone elses.

  • Callam

    isn’t it like that with all types of literature though? how do we know if stories such as to live is actually true? or maybe it is true but its just extremely exaggerated. does that still make it true?

  • Jennifer

    It seems quite vague to determine whether a piece of literature is ‘true': even though it was the writer’s personal experience, his or her memory could have been distorted as well. It’s important to take note of what the writer’s purpose was, but in the end it’s our personal interpretation that matters :)

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