Tutor.com Literary Analysis Session

Oct. 11, 2012

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Session Transcript - English - Literature, 10/1/2012 6:19PM - Tutor.comSession Date: 10/1/2012 6:19PM
Length: 17.5 minute(s)
Subject: English - Literature


System Message
[00:00:00] *** Please note: All sessions are recorded for quality control. ***

Guest (Customer)
[00:00:00] Can you help me figure out the tone and figurative language in the first quatrain of Shakespeares' Sonnet 13?

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:00:16] Hi -- I'll try to help!

Guest (Customer)
[00:00:25] Hello

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:00:44] Can you "Share file"? Make sure your name is removed.

Guest (Customer)
[00:01:00] I don't viturally have the sonnet.
[00:01:03] Sorry

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:01:22] wait a minute...
[00:02:37] Does it start "Oh that you were... '?

Guest (Customer)
[00:02:56] Yep

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:03:06] Let me read it....
[00:04:30] That's a little difficult to unravel, isn't it?

Guest (Customer)
[00:04:46] Yeah, at first it was.

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:05:20] So what "insight" have you discovered so far?
[00:05:34] Any ideas?

Guest (Customer)
[00:05:40] Oh
[00:05:42] yeah
[00:06:00] Like where do you want me to start?

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:06:56] Well, to me, he's saying that beauty is not permanent -- we "lease" it, not own it
[00:07:53] What do you think?

Guest (Customer)
[00:08:03] Yeah, in a way

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:08:18] What are some of your ideas?

Guest (Customer)
[00:08:50] i thought he meant that to prevent the beaty from dying with him, he has to pass it down to a child.

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:09:20] That's definitely part of it, too! Good analysis!

Guest (Customer)
[00:09:38] Thanks

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:10:05] And she shouldn't wait too long, either, since beauty is passing.

Guest (Customer)
[00:10:23] im not sure if this is a she

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:11:31] It's possible it's not, but Shakespeare generally addressed his sonnets to a woman. Either a man or a woman, the idea it the same.

Guest (Customer)
[00:12:48] oh i was told sonnets 1-134 or somewhere around there were addressed to the earl of south hampton

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:14:08] I didn't think that THAT many were, but if that's what your teacher said, then that's fine. Do you understand what "your sweet semblance give" means ?

Guest (Customer)
[00:14:27] yeah

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:14:44] okay -- that's figurative language

Guest (Customer)
[00:15:07] really?

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:15:42] yes -- also "so fair a house fall to decay"
[00:15:56] Obviously, he's not talking about a real house
[00:16:24] What's he referring to?

Guest (Customer)
[00:16:33] not sure
[00:17:11] Sorry, but i have to go

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:17:17] okay --

Guest (Customer)
[00:17:18] thanks for your help

Joyce M (Tutor)
[00:17:24] sure -- bye!

Guest (Customer)
[00:17:26] have a good evening