Experimenting with Voyant – Sonnet 116

voyant experiment! (I’m computer challenged so trying to figure out how to save this just as a picture and not a document was laughable, you can laugh too, so here’s a link to a document instead!)

I typed Sonnet 116 into Voyant, in the format as found in the text, and this is what it produced! This website is actually such a neat feature once you play around with it. Although it emphasizes some filler words such as “and” or “the” (boring..) it does highlight the key words that really do summarize this sonnet. In a way, Voyant gives a preview or brief insight into what the sonnet is about if you have not read it yet. I found the sonnet to be a passionate description of what love is, mostly by describing what it is not, as seen in my personal favorite line, “Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom” (613. 11-12) DOOM. Ain’t love grand?



Visual Art

The following  visual art is for my favourite line from all the plays:


[Exit, pursued by a bear]

I don’t know if that’s cheating because it doesn’t really count as a line – it’s more of a stage direction. Even though that situation was dire (i.e. the death of Antigonus), I still found that part hilarious. As you can see by my depiction of the bear as Winnie the Pooh. Yeah, I’ll see myself out. . . (hopefully also pursued by a bear).

Okay, I’m done for real this time

Theatrical Poster for Twelfth Night

Here is my movie poster for Twelfth Night:


Haha, just kidding. How often is that joke used in our #engl205 class, eh?

Here is my actual movie poster (the proof is the poor camera quality):




Sorry that it’s sideways, I tried to fix it but alas, I am not tech-savvy. Please rotate your head 90 degrees




This is an imaginary theatrical poster for Twelfth Night. The two faces depicted are the twins Viola and Sebastian. Their faces are separated by a arrow (like Cupid’s love arrow). Also, the end of the arrow is a triangle with a heart in it to represent the love triangle between Viola/Cesario, Olivia, and Orsino. There’s a mask in the upper right corner (if the picture was rotated the proper way) that represents the important thematic element of disguises. Lastly, the symbol on the right side is the male and female gender symbol, with a red question mark going through it to depict the gender ambiguity in the play.

Achilles the meatball!

I got really creative over the weekend. While taking quotes from each play I came across Trolius and Cressida. I began to truly think about the characters in depth. Achilles truly caught my eye. He has a huge name to uphold which causes him to become arrogant and disrespectful. His pride in this play is wounded. In my crazy mind he reminded me of a big Greek meatball. His arrogance causes him in the play to stay inside his tent for majority of the play with others trying to get him back onto the battlefield. He did not live up to the wondrous name built around him.
Therefore I found a recipe on how to make greek meatballs. They are for my visual art form, where I have Achilles as a meatball with a toothpick, like a sword wounding his pride in the middle of the battlefield!
I hope you get as much as a crack out of it as I did.

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Athan, Lynn. “Keftethes – Recipe for Greek Meatballs.” Web. 2 Apr. 2015. <>.

Poster for Troilus and Cressida

In making the poster for troilus and cressida I was playing off of the idea of the conflict between personal interests and the interests of the state in the play. The picture is to demonstrate the contradiction between the violence of war and the love for which the war is supposedly fought. The quote at the bottom of the poster is to represent the debatable true motives behind the conflict. Is it truly over love? Or the hurt pride of agamemnon and troilus?troilus poster

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