The Shakespearean Sonnet In “Romeo And Juliet” Shakespeare Uses Sonnets

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The Shakespearean Sonnet in "Romeo and Juliet" Shakespeare uses sonnets to express his feelings, expressions, and emotions regarding romance and tragedy, the main themes of his "Romeo and Juliet." Over the centuries sonnets have been considered as high forms of literature, which have been extensively used by many authors and poets. One of those writers and poets is William Shakespeare.Shakespeare the authors of many well known plays, novels, and poems such "Romeo and Juliet" wrote about 38 different plays. Some were about romance and tragedy, while others were comedy. He is considered as one of the most talented writers of his time. This essay will talk about the three main sonnets of the story which are the prologue of Act 1 and 2, and the first conversation between Romeo and Juliet.A sonnet is a lyric poem of 14 lines, usually in an iambic pentameter following one or another of several set rhyme-schemes. There are two types sonnets. The first is the Italian or Petrachan and the second is the English or Shakespearean. The Shakespearean sonnet, the form of sonnets that will be explained in this essay, embodies four divisions. The divisions are classified as three quatrains and a rhymed couplet. Thus the typical rhyme-scheme for the English sonnet is "abab cdcd efef gg." Sonnets are mainly used to express feelings, ideas, and/or emotions regarding topics such as tragedy and romance.The first sonnet in "Romeo and Juliet" is the Prologue of the story. A prologue is the preface of a play or in other words the introduction. This sonnet is told/spoken by the chorus of the play directly to the audience. This sonnet plays as an introductory to the play's plot. In its fourteen lines it reveals the essence of the plot. It states that the tragedy will involve a pair of ill-fated lovers who by their deaths will end the long and bitter feud that has been raging between their families. The reason Shakespeare chose to include this sonnet is to help the reader understand what the play is all about. The words chosen and the sentences used directly show the author's emotions towards the theme of romance and tragedy. The impact it has on the play is that it foreshadows what will...

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