Published on July 9, 2014
Not marble nor the gilded monuments: Not marble nor the gilded monuments Not marble, nor the gilded monuments Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme; But you shall shine more bright in these contents Than unswept stone besmear'd with sluttish time. When wasteful war shall statues overturn, And broils root out the work of masonry, Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn The living record of your memory. ' Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room Even in the eyes of all posterity That wear this world out to the ending doom. So , till the judgment that yourself arise, You live in this, and dwell in lover's eyes. PowerPoint Presentation: Sonnet 55 is one of the best and most critically acclaimed sonnets of the 154 sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. It is a member of the Fair Youth sequence, in which the poet expresses his love towards a young man. PowerPoint Presentation: William Shakespeare's poem "Not marble, nor the gilded monuments" brings the reader to the sense of what is not important. His title captivates the reader's imagination with images of coldness and wealth. But as the true meaning of the poem is made known, we learn that it is a poem about love. SUMMARY Monuments are made for the wealthy who want to keep the memory of someone alive. The tone Shakespeare creates in this poem is that poetry is like a monument in keeping a work of significance but that it is much more immortal being handed down from generation to generation . PowerPoint Presentation: The speaker begins the poem with the title emphasizing in the reader's rational mind of what is worthless to the speaker. "Nor marble, nor the gilded monuments/ Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;." This is the moment the reader learns of the importance of poetry to the speaker. The image that materializes in the reader's mind is that a poem will transcend time and will leave behind the material things of this life. Shakespeare continues, "But you shall shine more bright in these contents/ Than unswept stone, besmeared with sluttish time." The reader becomes aware that the speaker is talking to his beloved. He tells her that stone can be altered by the immoralities of time but that she will radiate forever through the use of his words . PowerPoint Presentation: " When wasteful war shall statues overturn,/ And broils root out the work of masonry, "now the speaker is trying to conjure the devastating image of war in the reader's mind. This is an effective technique which has the reader visualizing the work of men being blown apart and statues being toppled to the ground. Shakespeare writes "Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn/ The living record of your memory." In these lines the speaker proves his point that neither the Roman god's readiness to fight nor the destructiveness of war will be able to erase the immortality of his beloved in the poem. Shakespeare proceeds, " ' Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity." Here the speaker informs his beloved that through poetry her memory is protected against death and that she will be unmindful of her enemies. PowerPoint Presentation: "Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room" in this line the beloved is informed that through this writing she will travel through time and be glorified in the hearts of men. "Even in the eyes of all posterity/ That wear this world out to the ending doom." How ironic that the beloved will even be remembered by future generations that will drag this world toward the annihilation of mankind. It concludes with "So, till the judgment that yourself arise,/ You live in this, and dwell in lovers' eyes." This is when the reader comes to the realization that even now the beloved in immortal through this poem. She lives in the eyes of lovers whether she believes this to be true or not. PowerPoint Presentation: Shakespeare was prophetic in believing that this poem would stand the test of time. This Shakespearean sonnet makes the reader wonder if Shakespeare was writing about his mistress or just his love of poetry. His contrast of love with war made the poem very effective and leaves the reader with the reality that love is the most important thing in life. PowerPoint Presentation: Qestion and Answer Why do you think the rich and powerful people get monuments and states erected in their memory? Answer-To swank the pomping grandeur, kings and princes used to erect monuments and statues in their memory. The motto of cobbling up those monuments and statues is to ascertain their memory till posterity defeating the unbeatable time. PowerPoint Presentation: Describe how the monuments and statues brave the ravaged of time. Answer-The monuments and statues brave the ravages of time. But these are the tiniest trifles in the cruel hand of time. These without any iota of doubt are subject to decay, decline and destruction following the most delicate system of the Almighty they get ruined, disfigured and spoiled. PowerPoint Presentation: Why does the poet refer to Time as being sluttish? Answer- Being materialistic entities statues and glided monuments are inevitable to decline and destroy. Nothing in the world can escape the cruel hand of time. So do the monuments and statues. The sluttish time discolours them, spoils them and destroys them overpowering the assay of being immortalized. PowerPoint Presentation: The poet says that neither forces of nature nor wars can destroy his poetry. In fact, even godly powers of Mars will not have a devastating effect on his rhyme. What quality of the poet is revealed through these lines? Answer-Shakespeare had a strong intuitive far seeing ability. There too his greatness, poetic art is immortal along with the natural things. An individual poet dies but he keeps himself alive through his verse .Shakespeare is a person who made the extensive use of these ways of immortalization .It aptly showed his artistic quality through his sonnet which after hundreds of years has relevance within us. PowerPoint Presentation: To Our beloved teacher: kalamani mam PowerPoint Presentation: Mad b; Kavinth , Akash , Pritham , Surendar and Sanjay.