Sonnet 54

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  • Title
  • Paraphase
  • Connotation
  • I thought that the poem was about how he thinks that his love was the most beautiful, and how he was saying that he was speaking the truth. I found out that the poem was really about how beauty is more beautiful when it is honest.
  • Attitude/Tone
  • The narrator says in the first line, "O how much more doth beauty beauteous seem." What the narrator is saying is that beauty alone isn't beautiful compared to beauty with honesty and integrity. The 2nd to 3rd verse says how canker blooms (wildflowers) do not look beautiful, people only value on how they look not taking a chance to smell the flower.
  • Shifts
  • The narrator compares their love as a rose. Like the title beauty being more beautiful with honesty and integrity, a rose is beautiful but is more beautiful with the fragrance it emits.
  • Theme
  • The tone the poem is prideful, yet admiring at the same time. The narrator is in this type of tone because he is talking about how beauty can be even more beautiful when accompanied with integrity.
  • Starting from the third stanza, the poem shifts into a more sad, and solemn tone. Wildflowers are not respected for their looks and are not cherished in death. As for roses release a sweet fragrance upon death, making people appreciate them more. Then at the conclusion, it turns back into a prideful tone.
  • The theme of the poem states at the concluding stanza, that young people are like a rose which is beautiful on the outside and beautiful on the inside. And after youth's beauty fades, the sonnet still lives on for people to enjoy it's beauty.
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