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Unformatted text preview: shame, lust, betrayal • 3 quatrains and a couplet in iambic pentameter • Rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gg • “volta” (sharp turn in declaration) – occurs in final couplet Compare to Petrarchan tradition - How do Shakespeare's sonnets differ from traditional Petrarchan sonnets, such as Sidney's Astrophil and Stella ? If Shakespeare’s sonnet sequence has a coherent narrative structure, it seems to be: • 1-17 celebrates beauty of young man, urges him to marry and have children • 18-126 focus on young man, but also on theme of transience and destructive power of time, countered by permanence of poetry and love • After 126, the rest focus on the Dark Lady as an object of desire...
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