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A sonnet for Shakespeare

Shakespeare, oh how I’ve learned to love thee.
Your metaphors, similies, and allusions,
Your rhyming couplets fluidity, leave me with glee.
I will cherish your plays, all the many versions.

After studying you all semester long,
I’ve found myself much more appreciative of your pieces.
Many people have told me, you can do no wrong,
And after analyzing your work, I know they’re works for the ages.

You never fail to impress,
All your workings, they come with profundity.
And with words i cannot express,
You my sir, are full of words of bounty.

I thank Professor Ullyot,
For teaching me all I need to know about Shakespeare, which was, quite a lot.

Antigonus – Genre and Modes

This is an image of what Antigonus was hoping to happen to poor baby Perdita. (to the best of my artistic abilities) Antigonus is hoping that the baby will be nursed by a creature of the forest, rather than dying like Leontes hoped. Despite Antigonus’ best wishes, he ironically gets eaten by the bear he hopes will maybe save Perdita.Image 2015-04-05 at 4.45 PM

Stress Sonnet

Stress is the awareness of time.
The awareness, that time, withholds your ability,
To finish things, like working a rhyme,
With the upmost nobility.

Im ever aware of the clock,
Knowing semesters are coming to an end.
Looking all the assignments in shock,
Hoping this worry won’t drive me around the bend.

The clock is ticking faster,
But the end is near in sight.
Finals will be the last chapter,
Hoping they’d slow, with all my might.

I am stressed about the time, but aware of the hour,
In which the clock continues to devour.

Differences between modern and elizabethan theatre!

Theatre has evolved in copious amounts since the Elizabethan era. Though there is huge contrast in the Elizabethan versus Modern theatre, modern theatre could not have evolved without it. The fact that modern play writs still reference Elizabethan tactics in production, proves that such an era was essential to modern day theatres evolution. Along such evolutions though, we have also left many traditions in the past. Such instances are evident in the following:

In Modern theatre, men and women are active in all theatre production. However back in Elizabethan era, women were not allowed such a career. Men were often looked at as superior over women, and therefore a career in such a public setting, was not open to a female cast. Men played male and female roles in all theatre productions, often with teenage boys playing the roles of women, due to their not fully developed stature and build.

Another difference between Elizabethan and Modern theatre is that Elizabethan theatre was much more audience interactive. The cheaper seats were right in front of the stage- usually where the poor stood. This created a very interactive theatre as audience members could reach out and touch actors, talk to them, and comment on the play. It is said that if the audience did not enjoy aspects of the play, that rotten food would be thrown. This is much different than modern day, where attending performing arts is that of a formal event.

In relation to the Elizabethan theatre being more interactive, Elizabethan stage was more open and accessible to the audience. Rather than in modern day, where stages are often risen above a sitting crowd, with enclosed walls that portray a frame like moving picture. The Elizabethan stage is close to the ground, the actors performing on a platform easily accessible by all audience members. Attendees in the Elizabethan era could stand on three sides of the platform.

Modern day theatre also has advanced technology compared to the Elizabethan era. In modern theatre, performances are enhanced by microphones, which enhance the audiences ability to hear and understand all the performers have to say. Stage lights also enhance the theatrical experience, as they can direct and redirect light for audience members to focus on certain aspects. The stage lights can also hide stage and prop changes. Music is also an enormous factor when it comes to performing. Although musicians were present, modern day theatre has access to sound effects, and any kind of music, at any given moment. The projection of sound from live musicians would also project more efficiently in modern theatre. The projection of sound would not be as effective as the theatres were open arenas, which allowed for background noise and a lack of amplifying of sound within the theatre.


Macbeth, Folger Shakespeare Library; Painting.




This image of the play Macbeth, stemming from Act 4 Scene 1, portrays Macbeth consulting the three witches. Throughout the play, Macbeth becomes obsessed with the unnatural essence they pertain to. One may hold the witches accountable for insinuating the tragedy that takes place in Macbeth. Due to the witches confirming what Macbeth had already suspected, one may infer that their apparitions confirmed his suspicions, which lead him to his eventual demise. In this scene, the witches call upon an apparition that informs Macbeth “Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born | Shall harm Macbeth.”; Which ignites a sense of over-confidence within Macbeth, implying that he is virtually indestructible unless someone not born by a women comes to kill him. This piece of artistry exemplifies one of the most prevalent reasons Macbeth comes upon his tragedy. This painting is substantial as it is a permanent exemplar of Shakespeare’s most reoccurring and famous themes within his writing; that of tragedy. 

On another note, this painting represents an incredibly famous quote, that many modern individuals use today. “Double, double toil and trouble, | Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” This quote, spoken by all witches in unison.


Folger Shakespeare Library; Collection Library : Works of Art. Fuseli (1741–1825) – 

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth, 1623. England:John Heminges and Henry Condell; First Folio edition, 1623. Print.


Voyant – Sonnet 113

In Shakespeare’s Sonnet 113, there is repetitive references to ones mind. Highlighted in Voyant, Shakespeare uses the word “mind” to repeatedly express the hinderances he has felt since leaving his beloved. Highlighting “mind” allowed me to understand the importance of how his inner struggle has effected his perceptions of the outer world. Shakespeare also as shown below, uses the word “mind” once at the begging, middle, and as well as the end. This enhances the importance of such word as it progresses throughout the entire sonnet.

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Although Shakespeare makes numerous references towards his sight and its relation to his mind, Voyant only draws on exact word repetitions. This caused somewhat of a hinderance to my analysis, as Volant does not draw on similar words, only ones that are completely the same. When Shakespeare writes “For if it see the rudest or gentlest sight,” the words do not come up in relation to “eye” due to the fact they are not the exact word. This created some discrepancies when using Voyant, as is does not show all relative or related words.

Shakespeare makes constant references to the disconnection his sight and mind;  “mine eye is in my mind,”, exemplifying that since he left, his eye is not reflecting that of which he is really seeing, but that of which his mind wants him to see. He also instates “Nor his own vision holds what it doth catch :”, once again exemplifying how his vision is disconnected from that is which he is really seeing.



One issue I found when using Voyant to analyze my text was the highlighting of the words such as “the” or “it”. Although there are quite a few repetitions of these words, they prescribe no relevance to major themes or symbols within a piece. Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 2.26.01 PM