Sonnet 54


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  • Paraphrasing
  • Connotation
  • Attitude
  • I care!
  • The speaker is saying that beauty has more beauty when it is true. Throughout the poem he compares roses to wildflowers, continuously bringing up the roses' smell. He says that since the wildflowers' only virtue is their looks, that they will then die unnoticed, but the roses' smell is preserved after death. The speaker finally says that when the beautiful youth died their essence will be preserved in this poem.
  • Shift
  • Throughout the sonnet the author is comparing the beautiful, sweet-smelling rose to canker-blooms. In the couplet, the author ties the roses into the main theme with a metaphor comparing the beautiful roses to the beauteous youth.
  • Title
  • The attitude and tone of the sonnet is loving, thoughtful, and caring
  • Theme
  • A shift occurs in the final couplet when the speakers shifts from the flower analogy to talking about the beauteous youth and how similar to the rose’s smell, this poem will preserve the youth’s essence.
  • I think the title is referring to how much more beautiful beauty is when it is in truth
  • I cannot tell a lie!
  • He is sooo beautiful
  • The theme of this sonnet is inner beauty; the speaker of the sonnet is saying that if you, like the wildflower, only has outer beauty then you will be forgotten but if you have inner beauty then you will be remembered and preserved.
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