Shakespeare’s Sonnet 66 inspired the sonnet I wrote, but I wanted to take a more modern approach to tackle and challenge the original piece. In Sonnet 66, Shakespeare writes about a love that is separated by societal expectations. He is forbidden from loving that person and lists his issues; with a peaceful couplet stating that the love he has is enough to keep him happy. Context from the sonnet indicated that it was a same-sex love, as it was forbidden at the time. In contrast, my piece tells the story of a man who is in love with a woman, a love so strong that it “resembles a song” of love, but despite having the world he cannot be happy. I wanted to keep the writing structure like the original piece, so it starts with a line that is partially repeated in the final couplet, and that starting two lines starts the list of positives in my case.
Undergraduate Review, 16, 109-110.
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