HomeJPAIR Multidisciplinary Research Journalvol. 3 no. 1 (2009)

Tempore et Amore in Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Ma. Cecilia D. Alimen

Discipline: Education, Literature



<p style="text-align: justify;">Tempore et Amore are two Italian words which stand for Time and Love respectively. This paper gives a manifestation on how these two themes are exemplified in some of Shakespeare's sonnets. The choice words for the title are solely for stylistics purposes, but their English equivalents are retained and utilized in this whole text. This paper likewise wishes to shed light on his sonnets specifically on the themes of Time and Love. These themes and others have a never-ceasing appeal to people during the Renaissance for they stimulate the intellect and sway the emotions. Utilizing the New Criticism Theory stating that a poem's meaning has to be explored by the verbal structure that it employs, this paper is not to present any startling novel revelations about Shakespeare's sonnets but a more generalized analysis of these themes as exemplified in these literary forms. Whatever concerns the form now like meter and rhyme as well as other conventions can be leading aspects of its meaning. The sonnet therefore, having fixed meter and definite rhyme scheme can be analyzed by using this model. Thus, the basic utilization of these two themes has a significant role to play in that text as illustrated by this contemporary theory.</p>