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“Since There Is No Help”¯ by Michael Drayton may be viewed as a classical English sonnet. In fact, the rhyme of the sonnet and its structure meets the standards of the English sonnet. To put it more precisely, the sonnet consists of fourteen lines, which, in their turn are divided into four principal rhythmic groups, which gradually change each other. The rhythmic structure of the sonnet “Since There Is No Help”¯ is as follows: a-b-a-b; c-d-c-d; e-f-e-f; g-g. The last two lines conclude the sonnet and rhythmically repeat one another. Such rhythm and structure contributes to the melodic presentation of the sonnet, while its classical structure shows the poet’s concerns with the classical representation of his sonnet.

In this respect, the choice of structure of the sonnet was not occasional. In fact, it is possible to presuppose that in such a way, the poet attempted to strengthen the tone and main theme of the sonnet. To put it more precisely, the tone of sonnet is quite sad since the poet tells about the unhappy love and departure of two beloved persons.

Obviously, such a thematic background contributes to the sad, depressing even pessimistic tone of the sonnet, which eventually metaphorically compares the end of love to death, which is apparently a tragedy in the life of any individual.

At this point, it should be said that the author intentionally attributes human characteristic to the love’s breath. To identify the love’s breath the author uses pronouns he and him to show that the dying love’s grasp is like a dying human being.

Thus, in conclusion, it should be said that Drayton created a classical sonnet, in regard to theme, structure, and tone.

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