A Critical Analysis Of "The Parting" By Michael Drayton



By looking at a poem which has a specific form, for example the sonnet,
consider to what extent its particular techniques enhance its meaning.
The parting by Michael Drayton is a sonnet. It is a poem about the
break up of the relationship between the author and his partner. I feel
that the meaning of the poem is greatly enhanced by its form, and for a
variety of reasons.

Firstly, because the sonnet is a very strict form, the author has
to be very careful in constructing his poem, to ensure that it fits the
design constraints. One of these constraints is that the sonnet is very
short, at only 14 lines. This forces the author to distill his thoughts and
feelings into as compact a form as ...

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also to the meaning of the poem.

Another constraint of the sonnet is the length of the lines
themselves. In a sonnet, the rythem is always iambic pentameter, which
means that there must always be ten syllables per line, with each second
syllable being stressed. Where the author breaks this pattern, it must
obviously be for a good reason, when the author wants a certain word or
syllable to be stressed. This in itself will naturally add tot he meaning
of the poem. This, in addition, to the constraints of the number of lines,
again causes the poem to have to be compressed, clarifying the poem's
meaning, and thereby enhance it. For example, in the first line, there
should be no stress on the third syllable, but the author has written the
poem so that there is, stressing the "no" and giving weight to the
definitivness of the first two quatrains. The author again breaks the
rythem in the last two lines, using eleven syllables instead of ten. This
is clearly not a mistake or an ...

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