Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 98-106
Exploring Silence Embedded in Three Selected Sonnets
Nwe Nwe Hlaing, Department of English, Yangon University of Education, Yangon, Myanmar
Received: Aug. 2, 2020;       Accepted: Aug. 18, 2020;       Published: Aug. 27, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200503.14      View  165      Downloads  49
Abstract
Most sonnets are love poems, but a vast array of subjects can be embedded in sonnets. Silence can be considered a fascinating subject in both British and American Poetry as it is usually associated with philosophy and can arouse intense emotions in readers. In poetry, silence is subtly portrayed despite its negative impact on the moods of some poets. This study attempts to explore how silence is seen from different perspectives in relation to selected sonnets. Concepts of love, loss, death, solitude and nature are disclosed via the vivid portrayal of silence which is subject to both favourable and unfavourable contexts provided in poetry. The reign of silence has a profound impact on troubled mind, blissful solitude, pleasant moments and changes in attitudes. Through silence, poets reveal their innermost thoughts and feelings in three sonnets. This study aims to raise readers’ awareness of blessings and curses of silence, which can make them thought-provoking in analyzing forms of sonnets and figuring out meanings of silence via denotation and connotation. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were deployed in order to find out similarities and differences of three sonnets in terms of denotation and connotation. Based on the results, the most significant proportion of connotation was employed in ‘Sonnet-Silence’. Silence is twofold in each sonnet in that it serves as perfect harmony, sheer bliss or intense grief. Denotative meaning is misleading; it often contradicts connotative meaning. It was found that silence has different layers of meaning indeed. All the poets employ silence as a powerful tool in order to convey interesting messages to readers.
Keywords
Silence, Sonnet, Love, Death, Nature, Denotation, Connotation
To cite this article
Nwe Nwe Hlaing, Exploring Silence Embedded in Three Selected Sonnets, English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2020, pp. 98-106. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200503.14
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