I'm doing a project on poetry and I have to identify the style and tone of this poem. To me both of the terms are very similar and I don't know how to describe them so they aren't the same thing. Does my sassiness upset you?
My love is as a fever, longing still My love is like a fever, still longing For that which longer nurseth the disease, For that which feeds the disease, Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill, Feeding on that which prolongs the illness, The uncertain sickly appetite to please. All to please the unhealthy desires of the body.
My reason, the physician to my love, My reason, love's doctor, Angry that his prescriptions are not kept, Angry that I do not follow his directions, Hath left me, and I desperate now approve Has left me, and desperate I find that Desire is Theme and tone in still i, which physic did except.
Desire leads to death, which physic reason will not allow. Past cure I am, now reason is past care, Now reason is past caring, now I am past cure, And frantic-mad with evermore unrest; And I am frantic with continual unrest. My thoughts and my discourse as madmen's are, My thoughts and my words are like a madman's, At random from the truth vainly express'd; Lies foolishly uttered; For I have sworn thee fair and thought thee bright, For I thought you were moral and bright shining as a starWho art as black as hell, as dark as night.
But you really are black as hell and dark as night. Notes sickly 4 ] Love as a sickness is the primary motif of the sonnet. Notice Shakespeare's word choices: Also note the more subtle word play with physician and physic.
The focus on illness might be connected to venereal disease. Note Sonnet"Till my bad angel fire my good one out" Many critics believe this is a direct reference to a sexually transmitted disease. In the next line we see that death is not a remedy which the physician will allow the poet.
Shakespeare's scathing attack upon the morality of his mistress exemplifies their tumultuous and perplexing relationship. The three quatrains outline the poet's inner struggle to cope with both his lover's infidelity and the embarrassing self-admission that he still desires her to gratify him sexually, even though she has been with other men.
The poet yearns to understand why, in spite of the judgment of reason 5he still is enslaved by her charms. Confused by his own inexplicable urges, the poet's whole being is at odds with his insatiable "sickly appetite" 4 for the dark lady.
He deduces in the final quatrain that he surely must be insane, for he calls his mistress just and moral when she obviously is neither. Not until later sonnets do we see a change of tone and a cool-headed acknowledgment of the recklessness of the whole affair.
In Sonnetthe poet admits that he cannot continue the relationship because it betrays his "nobler part" 6 i.
Is Sonnet autobiographical? Did Shakespeare really have an affair with a raven-haired seducer? Critics are divided on this matter, and, until some new documents are uncovered, we shall never know the truth. Attempts have been made to solicit possible historical candidates for the role of the dark lady, based on their likely association with Shakespeare.
I'll leave you with a skeptic's view of the autobiographical nature of the sonnets: Every sonneteer of the 16th century, at some point in his career, devoted his energies to vituperation of a cruel siren In Shakespeare's early life the convention was wittily parodied by Gabriel Harvey in "An Amorous Odious sonnet entitled The Student's Loove or Hatrid, or both or neither, or what shall please the looving or hating reader, either in sport or in earnest, to make of such contrary passions as are here discoursed".
The Dark Lady of Shakespeare's sonnets may therefore be relegated to the ranks of the creatures of his fancy.
It is quite possible that he may have met in real life a dark-complexioned siren, and it is possible that he may have fared ill at her disdainful hands.
But it was the exacting conventions of the sonneteering contagion, and not his personal experiences or emotions, that impelled Shakespeare to give the dark lady of his sonnets a poetic being" Sidney Lee, quoted in the Alden edition, p.
How to cite this article:"Still I Rise" is a poem by Maya Angelou that speaks to her ancestor's origins as slaves and her personal resilience in the face of opposition.
"I rise" and variations of it are repeated throughout the poem to show that nothing can stand in her way. Not until later sonnets () do we see a change of tone and a cool-headed acknowledgment of the recklessness of the whole affair. In Sonnet , the poet admits that he cannot continue the relationship because it betrays his "nobler part" (6) i.e.
his soul, and in Sonnet we are witness to . The themes in both, "Still I Rise" and "Sympathy", are very apparent. With such expressful words and phrases, both authors convey the true meaning and theme of each poem.
In "Still I Rise", the reader sees the theme as self-respect. With phrases such a 3/5(1). Nov 25, · Still I Rise has a positive and strong tone throughout the entire poem.
The words Angelou used also makes it seem as though the character in the poem is talking to the readers. The words Angelou used also makes it seem as though the character in the poem is talking to the readers.
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The theme of never “giving up or in” to adversity typifies her view of the black woman rising above the expectations that were once so understated, something we find in her poem "Still I Rise.