The sonnet type I chose as a guideline to follow when I was writing out my poem was the Shakespearean (English) Sonnet. My poem is considered a Shakespearean sonnet because it contains three quatrains of alternating rhyme and ends with a couplet. If I were to use letters to represent the rhyme scheme and ending couplet, it would be seen as ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, and ending with a GG. Sonnets are mostly written up and created with iambic pentameter feet. In my poem, “Light and Darkness,” I also used Iambic pentameter to make my poem sound more like a sonnet. The website that was provided to students for a better idea of what a sonnet was, described a sonnet as something that “shows two related but differing things to the reader in order to communicate something about them.” In my poem, I chose to compare and describe the two eternal destinations, Heaven and Hell. Although I do not specifically state that I am talking about Heaven and Hell, I hoped my word choice was sufficient enough to convey the message to readers. Also, through the way I described the two different places, I was trying to communicate that Heaven is a beautiful place that everyone should want to be in and that Hell is a nasty place that no one should want to end up in. This poem is exemplary because the words I chose creates a vivid image in the readers mind of the destiny for those who believe in God and for those who don’t. For example in line 10 I stated that, “those who wisely trust in Him above, a kingdom blessed, no greater the reward.” This poem provides a valuable life lesson to those who do not know much about the beautiful award that God has given us. Also, with my word choice I am attempting to stir up emotions in readers to want to know more about God. By describing the two different places humans could end up in, I provide readers with a choice, whether they want to suffer in Hell or whether they want to have an amazing afterlife with God. By stating the awards that God has in place for us, I hope to stir up interest and curiosity to want to know more about Heaven. Similarity, by using dark words such as “evil demons craving blood,” readers would also develop a sense of fear and curiosity and begin to ask questions such as, “what is this evil place?” or “does it really exist?” and want to know more about Christianity. Especially with the words in line 7, “where nothing stopping those of flaming skies,” I am trying to make a point to the readers that once you get to that place, there is no going back, and that nothing can save them from the evil things manifesting in hell. Answering questions such as, “What can I do to prevent me from getting to this place?” I used a connection to the famous Bible story Noah in line 8 to indicate that people who were rid of the world by God’s flood, also known as sinners, will be the ones who end up in Hell. I decided not to include the words “Heaven” or “Hell” in my title to keep nonbelievers from having an initial bias attitude towards my poem. Some readers could take one look at my poem, see those words, and not read it anymore because of their biased and stereotypical discriminated opinions towards Christians.




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