Meter in Sonnet 129

Meter Examples in Sonnet 129:

Sonnet 129 1

"Savage, extreme, rude..."   (Sonnet 129)

Like line 3, line 4 consists of a series of violent adjectives describing the speaker’s lust. While line 3 contains consonant sounds that convey his lustfulness, the meter in line 4 falls apart in a thematically appropriate way. The normal iambic pentameter becomes derailed, and is replaced by an erratic meter with six beats. This meter effectively imitates the loss of control the speaker feels in his fit of lust.