"Sweets with sweets war not"

Examining Shakespeare’s Use of Musicality in Sonnet VIII


  • Isabelle Krieger


This essay, composed for a first-year writing seminar at Blair, considers the musicality of Shakespeare’s Sonnet VIII. It argues that Shakespeare deliberately chose stylistic elements within the text in order to link musical language to the sonnet’s promotion of marriage as a worthy life goal. 

For additional context, listen to the author's reflection on the piece below.

Author Biography

Isabelle Krieger

Isabelle Krieger is a member of Vanderbilt's Class of 2022.

Author's Reflection



How to Cite

Krieger, I. (2019). "Sweets with sweets war not": Examining Shakespeare’s Use of Musicality in Sonnet VIII. SCAFFOLD: A SHOWCASE OF VANDERBILT FIRST-YEAR WRITING, 1. Retrieved from https://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/UWS/article/view/4703