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Mike Rosenbloom ENG 140 Professor Blackwell Sonnet Analysis Silence by Thomas Hood There is a silence where hath been no sound, There is a silence where no sound may be, In the cold grave—under the deep deep sea, Or in wide desert where no life is found, Which hath been mute, and still must sleep profound; No voice is hush'd—no life treads silently, But clouds and cloudy shadows wander free. That never spoke, over the idle ground: But in green ruins, in the desolate walls Of antique palaces, where Man hath been, Though the dun fox, or wild hyena, calls, And owls, that flit continually between, Shriek to the echo, and the low winds moan,— There the true Silence is, self-conscious and alone. http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19372 The whole reason I choose to analyze this poem was because of the fourth word. The word silence is not usually something you would associate with a sonnet. Sonnets are usually written about love or about something happy, and seeing silence twice in the first two lines is definitely something that caught my eye. After that, the first thing I noticed about this sonnet was the first two lines. “Where hath been no sound” and “where no sound may be” stuck me as an oddly familiar usage of words. That first part of that means there has never been sound here. The second part means there will never be sound there. I have trouble believing there has never been and never will be sound there. I’m thinking it has something to do with loneliness and
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENG 140 taught by Professor Blackwell during the Spring '07 term at Hartford.

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