Poems for Comparison and Contrast for AP English Literature (page 2)

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Updated on Mar 4, 2011

Common Elements

  • Both have the same topic—to a lover
  • Both address and adore the beloved
  • Both use similes: "She Walks"—"like the night"; "Sonnet 130"—"nothing like the sun"
  • Both rely on nature imagery: "She Walks"—"starry skies"; "Sonnet 130"—"Coral, roses"
  • Both deal with light or dark
  • Both include references to lover's hair: "She Walks"—"raven tress"; "Sonnet 130"— "black wires"
  • Both appeal to the senses: "She Walks"—"raven tress"; "Sonnet 130"—perfume, roses, music, garlic stink
  • Both use alliteration: "She Walks"—"cloudless climes"; "Sonnet 130"—"goddess go"


  • Form: "She Walks" lyric, has sestets; "Sonnet 130," 12 + 2 (3 quatrains and couplet)
  • Kind of love: "She Walks" serious and adoring; "Sonnet 130"—critical and humorous
  • Diction: "She Walks"—positive; "Sonnet 130"—negative
  • Ending: "She Walks"—adoring; "Sonnet 130"—realistic
  • Tone: "She Walks"—idyllic; "Sonnet 130"—realistic

To recap: If you are given two selections, consider the following:

  • What is the form or structure of the poems?
  • What is the situation or subject of each?
  • How are the poetic devices used?
  • What imagery is developed?
  • What thematic statements are made?
  • What is the tone of each poem?
  • What is the organization or progression of each poem?
  • What attitudes are revealed?
  • What symbols are developed?
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