William Shakespeare presents similarities and differences between two of his best known sonnets, Sonnet 18 or Shall I Compare Thee… and Sonnet 130 or My Mistress’ Eyes…
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnet 6 is a clever seduction sonnet; as the speaker seems to be giving the suitor every reason to leave her, she is also giving him very good reasons to remain.
In sonnet 12, the speaker is becoming more comfortable, realizing that she is truly loved by her suitor. Still she gives him all credit for her ability to love as deeply as she does.
Will Elizabeth Barrett Browning's speaker finally surrender to the love that she has doubted even as it has grown stronger?
The speaker in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 3 muses on how unlikely it seems that a plain singer such as herself would begin a relationship with a person who has attracted royalty.
Henry Bennett is a pathetic character, who realizes too late that he has been played for fool by his wife.
While sonnet 64 lamented the decay of the physical/material world, sonnet 65 provides the remedy that mitigates the ravages of that decay.
Shakespeare Sonnet 47 dramatizes the unity of the "heart" and "eye" of the speaker/artist—a "league" which satisfies as it enhances the sensibilities of the artist.
As in sonnet 50, this speaker continues the use of the horse metaphor, as he explores the contrast between body and soul.
The sonnet “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”—number 43 in Sonnets from the Portuguese—remains the most famous and widely read sonnet of the sequence.