Sonnet 14 varies the procreation theme, tying it in with predictions of the future made, not through tracking the stars in the heavens as would normally be expected, but through taking the ...
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Sonnet 14 varies the procreation theme, tying it in with predictions of the future made, not through tracking the stars in the heavens as would normally be expected, but through taking the youth's eyes as stars which foretell the future. Shakespeare implies here that the foreknowledge he has from the 'stars' of the youth's eyes surpasses that derived from traditional astrology. The comparison of stars with eyes is traditional love lore in which the beloved assumes the qualities of everything that is angelic and heavenly. From the subject's eyes, Will predicts that the young man's death is in fact the death of Beauty itself. He asserts that truth and beauty will be doomed forever unless the young man chooses to perpetuate his line by having children.Written by
New York Shakespeare Exchange
S1.11: Sonnet #14: Visually strong even if it doesn't really add to the sonnet
It has been interesting thus far to see how the different films have approached bringing the sonnets to the screen; with some they have sought to turn the words into a narrative, with others they just deliver them as if on a stage, and then some seem to do things that link to the sonnet but not really. Sonnet 14 is one of those as it seems to thematically link more than try to translate the words. It talks about the writer being unable to predict the future but saying for certainty that the subject's end is also the end of truth and beauty. So there is a certain sense of the end of things to the words and this feeling is very much brought into the film as we join an old woman on a dark and stormy beach in Queens.
Visually the film looks great. The clouds and sea and dramatically presented and the whole film has very little color. It does manage to present the character clearly though, so I assume that much of this was done after the fact rather than being shot in the middle of a storm. The sense that the woman is being filmed in a much more peaceful place than the visuals suggest does actually help, since there is a feeling that she is coming to her own end and accepting it such, and as per the last few lines, her end is the end of everything else but she is not really affected by it.
Reading the sonnet before and after the film, I must confess being unsure of what the writer is saying because there does appear to be an alternative to this doom and death, but it is an alternative that the film doesn't seek out or try to find meaning in either, since the character seems content in the midst of the approaching storm. So on that front I didn't think that it really added much to the sonnet itself, but it is hard not to be engaged by it for how well it does the peace conflicting with the striking storm clouds and waves in a very aesthetically arresting short film.
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