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The Shakespearean sonnet takes on many distinguishing qualities The dialectic qualities of conflictharmony balance are an important piece in adding understanding with the poem This poem has arising conflicts from the beginning and takes aim at companionship at its worst With only fourteen lines in a sonnets length it would appear that one could not peruse his work On the contrary Shakespeares sonnets have more depth to it than meets the eye I will speak about language tone imagery and theme in Shakespeares composition of sonnet 9 Language is the most interesting aspect in this work The opening line states Is it for fear to wet a widows eyeThat thou consumst thyself in single life The letter w is used extensively to emphasize widow and wife as the femalewoman focal points of the sonnet Shakespeare also added many w words threaded through it for effect The use of m words all of which relate to the male subject alludes to the opposite gender of the subject to a prospective wife but also the marital state opposite to what the subject ought to be in In line 3 Ah if thou issueless shalt hap to die The world will wail thee like a makeless wife The subject being issueless causes a prospective wife to be makeless without the required husband The use of w and m continues The world will be thy widow and still weep That thou no form of thee hast left behind When every private widow well may keep By childrens eyes her husbands shape in mind W usage diminishes whilst the m usage increases in conclusion No love toward others in that bosom sits That on himself such murdrous shame commits The conclusion was very critical linguistically because he is ultimately encouraging men to father children This occurs most likely because of gender roles during that time In which case the masculine figure was domineering and must conclude the
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