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Shakespeare and His All Natural Love by Raquel Wood Shakespeares ability to convey love whether thwarted or fulfilled is unparalleled in that he could do it in the form of a tragedy comedy or sonnet He uses nature to convey this love in many cases From Romeo and Juliet he writes But soft What light through yonder window breaks It is the east and Juliet is the sun From Sonnet 49 he likens the subjects eyes to the sun And scarcely greet me with that sun thine eye In The Rape of Lucrece he writes Her azure veins her alabaster skin Her coral lips her snow-white dimpled chin And in The Taming of the Shrew Act 1 Scene 1 Tranio I saw her coral lips to move And with her breath she did perfume the air However he departs from the traditional use of nature in describing a womans desirability and in doing so creates an interesting twist on the common sonnet theme Shakespeare in Sonnet 130 parodies the classic Petrarchan sonnet in likening the womans features to nature but does so in su ch a way that makes the poem and his love more honest and consequently more charming He does this through form and imagery In utilizing the form of the sonnet to parody the classic Petrarchan sonnet and its theme Shakespeare actually makes more of the love poem His sonnet follows all the rules of the typical sonnet the rhyme scheme is abab cdcd efef gg and this naturally divides the poem into three distinct quatrains followed by a closing couplet His lines also follow the standard form containing 10 syllables each with the exception of line 13 which contains 11 syllables This exception is particularly meaningful however because at this line Shakespeare makes his concluding point This adherence as far as form goes adds strength to his parody because it augments the difference in his imagery If he
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