Sonnet 146 Essay

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Sonnet 146 Denise Kontara

William Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 146' reads as an internal monologue, fundamentally the protagonist is addressing himself. Although the use of transition between multiple metaphors has often been critiqued. As Fred Hasson (2013) suggests “The metaphors are choppy, jumping quickly from the mansion to the worms, and then to Death eating man and vice-versa. The "cost" theme mixes uneasily with the soul/body comparison.”, through a powerful use of metaphor as well as religious notions, the poet brings light to the idea of materialism and earthly greed as catalysts for the ...view middle of the document...

As audiences we are forced to ponder the notion of spiritual salvation becoming our primary goal in a desperate attempt to find purpose and importance in the temporal. The poet portrays his acknowledgment that it does in fact seem pedestrian to obsess over life on this plane.

This powerful uncertainty works to form the predominant theme of the traditional debate between body and soul throughout the Sonnet. This constant war within oneself is hinted as early as line 2 through the use of the word 'array', a notion explored heavily by Charles A. Huttar (1968. p 355-365) which in it's nature often creates a sense of war. Subsequently the 'rebel powers' also act as symbols of this inevitable struggle that transpires between both soul and body as well as soul and God, which brings upon the questioned meaning and temporality of the soul and therefore such internal warfare. Following, lines 3 and 4 “Why dost thou pine within and suffer death/ Painting thy outwards walls so costly gay?" encompass the direct confrontation on the soul's tendency to encourage such suffering for no more than the sake than its 'sinful earth'.

The continuation of this metaphor in line 5 “Why so large a cost, having so short a lease” incorporates a sense of contract, that is between us as humans who so naturally bestow ourselves in the temporal, and death to take our souls from this analogously short life or 'lease' when it's inescapably time. The second quatrain introduces perhaps another metaphor of more human nature for the body, the “fading mansion” (line 6) acting as a corporal dwelling of Shakespeare’s soul. (G.B. Harrison1968, p. 1592)

To assist in placing strong emphasis on such a thought provoking theme, Shakespeare confides existentially on the imagery of financial bondage in order to further identify with the traits of the temporal he feels he must conquer in his search for spiritual salvation. This imagery, through the constant reference to money, becomes a reoccurring presence throughout almost every line of the sonnet. There are two reasons for the use of this imagery, both to identify with the enslavement of both body and soul to 'claims of beautification' (Blake Jason Boulerice, 2009. p 356) and to heighten the exposure of the sinfulness of earthly greed. Shakespeare impels his soul to “Buy terms divine in selling hours of dross”, implying doing so will set it free. This part of the sonnet focuses on the notion of a debt the soul has to pay off in order to...

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