A month or so ago, I talked about Shakespeare’s Sonnet 34 and my general thoughts and noticings on it. Today, I’m going to break that down into a very specific segment of the poem, and talk specifically about a single word that he used– “ransom”. For class we were required to find a word that had multiple meanings and discuss it, and I think it’s super cool to take a look at the way the word impacts the overall meaning of the sonnet. I got all of these definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary, and would 10/10 recommend using it for bonus points with your poetry teacher!
So this is week five of my poetry series, and I’ve decided to give you all a break from the incessant Shakespeare by talking about the start of a different sonnet series, namely, Astrophil and Stella. This sonnet series was written by Sir Philip Sydney, and takes on a distinctly different tone than the Shakespearean Sonnets do. This first one is particularly interesting because it serves as an introduction to the entire series and what Sydney was attempting to do with his writing.
This analysis is much briefer than normal, because I focused more on its translation to prose than the deeper meaning of the sonnet.
Welcome to Poetry Series day II! Hopefully y’all are interested in Shakespeare Sonnets, because I’ve read (quite literally) every single one for this class and will be sharing about 11 with you guys.
Today, we’re talking about sonnet 27, which is my personal favorite of all time, and I think you guys will really enjoy it.
Hey guys! Welcome to day 1 of my poetry series! So for those of you that don’t know, I’m taking a class this semester on reading poetry. It’s been super cool because we get to analyze poems, which basically just means reading them and then doing a discussion style class where we sit around and talk about our feelings on them. Essentially, there’s not a ton of writing involved, but now that we’re halfway through the semester i’ve accumulated a decent base of short writings on poems that i’ve decided to share with you all. So, for the rest of the year, and then for however long it takes after that, I’ll be sharing one poem a week, along with whatever I wrote about it. some days, this might just be a short paragraph, and other days it’ll be a full essay. hopefully at least someone finds this interesting!
For today, I’ll be sharing some notes I wrote while reading Shakespeare’s Sonnet 9
By Amanda Lovelace
Goodreads Community Rating: 3.94
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2016
Format Read: Paperback
Goodreads Summary: “Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”
A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.
It was my birthday this past weekend!! I’m officially 19 years old! This is probably the least big birthday I’ve had in a bit (even 17 seems somehow more important than this one), but it’s still a birthday and I love celebrating so I’m excited. This weekend was awesome because I got to see my family for the first time in a while (#college), went out to dinner, and had four (4!) whole days off from school. Overall a huge dub. Shout-out Christopher Columbus for being trash enough that we celebrate you.
When I was thinking about posts to write for this week, I started thinking about book lists, and ended up googling “books you should have read before you’re 19” and inevitably didn’t get much because nobody talks about books related to 19 year olds. so instead i’m going to read some lists about books to read before you turn 20, and let you all know just how far behind I am on the TBR of books i MUST read in the next year.
so here we go.
A little while ago, I was reading a post (i forget who wrote it!!) about how they would rather read the book before they watch the movie. I was nodding along the entire time I read it, and then I got to the end and they mentioned a book to movie adaption, and I was like– wait, hold up… that’s a book? And suddenly it occurred to me that I do not, in fact, always read the book before I watch the movie. So, in honor of that realization, here’s the list of some books that I haven’t read, which have really ridiculously good movies.
I’m about 3/4 of the way through my book right now (Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, if any of you were wondering) and it’s amazingly good and nearly impossible to put down, but I was struck with a sudden blog post inspiration and had to put it on hold to write my thoughts down. Basically, it occurred to me that Liane Moriarty is perhaps one of the greatest authors of all time, because all of the books I’ve read by her so far have been absolutely incredible (What Alice Forgot Review // Truly Madly Guilty Review). One of the books I gave five stars, the other was a high four star (bordering on 5) and the one I’m reading right now will almost certainly be a five star, unless she decides to go off the deep end and totally wreck the ending.