Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceTrivia · 9 years ago

Which poetic device is used in Nor Mars his sword nor War's quick fire shall burn?

Poem of william shakespeare

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    Shakespeare chooses his words not merely for their semantic weight but also for their phonetic quality. Thus, for example, every single line of the sonnet is full of nasals and liquids.

    There is also an abundance of [s], as in line 7, whithout doubt the best fragment of the poem in terms of musical achievement. The parallelism in the sequence "Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire" takes place in more than one level.

    From a syntactic point of view, the two noun phrases coordinated by the conjunctions "nor ... nor" are composed of three elements that occupy equivalent positions: Mars / war's, his / quick, and sword / fire. The first couple of words are related by similarity, while the last two are both nouns in the function of head of the subject. The morpheme his is actually the genitive inflexion, which for centuries was written separately by a mistake in the interpretation of this form (the possessive case was believed to derive from the contraction of the noun and the pronoun his). This pecularity serves to make the reader perceive the parallelism visually, because it divides the genitive into two words.

    From a phonetical perspective, the symmetrical assonace in "... his [i] sword [o:] nor [o:] war's [o:] quick [i] ..." is the unusual regularity that makes this line stand out for its musical quality.

    David Kaula, however, emphasizes the concept of time slightly differently. He argues that the sonnet traces the progression of time, from the physical endeavours built by man (monuments, statues, masonry), as well as the primeval notion of warfare depicted through the image of “Mars’ sword” and “war’s quick fire,” to the concept of the last judgment. The young man will survive all of these things through the verses of the speaker.

    Shakespeare’s Sonnet 55 theme is immortality of his friend but in the end he says that his poetry is the true immortal. Some of the poetic tools that he used was and allusion and connotation. ‘Not marble, nor the gilded monuments’ is an allusion to to the lavish tombs of english royalty. Shakespeare is describing time as ‘sluttish’ and in Elizabethan England the word was used to describe sexually promiscuous and untidy women. Here Shakespeare is using it to describe time as filthy or like a promiscuous woman. In the couplet, Shakespeare says that until judgement day the subject of the poem will live within shakespeare’s loving eyes and in this sonnet.

    Easier to render than the other sonnets, but don't let yourself become too sentimental. This sonnet is full of vivid adjectives which need fresh-minting. It is so easy to treat an adjective and its noun as one simple thought unit an miss the way in which the adjective qualifies the noun or brings out some surprising contrast. 'Guilded monuments', 'this powerful rhyme', 'unswept stone', 'war's quick fire', 'the living record' and 'all obvious enmity'. Each of these phrases is surprising, and you will find them if you speak them with life and freshness. And then there are the verbs, vital and active: 'You shall shine' 'besmear'd with sluttish time', 'When broils root out', 'nor war's quick fire shall burn', 'Shall you pace forth', and so on. Each of these verbs should surprise us also.

    Nor Mars his sword, nor war's quick fire shall burn

    Neither the sword of Mars (the God of war), nor the searching fire of war. quick = lively, fast moving, searching out.

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  • 4 years ago

    Sword Of Mars

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