Literary Devices in Sonnet 29

Literary Devices Examples in Sonnet 29:

Sonnet 29 2

"sullen earth..."   (Sonnet 29)

The phrase “sullen earth” evokes the pathetic fallacy. The external description of the earth reflects the speaker’s internal state: sullen and lowly. By beginning the line with “sullen earth,” the speaker sets the stage for the ascent to “heaven’s gate.”

"thee..."   (Sonnet 29)

In this line, “thee” saves the speaker from the sin of despair. “Thee” redeems the speaker in the way that religion and piety can not. In this way, the love object displaces God as a type of false idol.