Methodology of a Semiotician

October 26th, 2011

Step 1: Read the poem in entirety to understand its deeper meaning. The linear nature of the signifier requires  the reader to read complete statements to understand the concept.

Step 2:Identify the signifier and signified of words in the poem. Analyze each word in the poem for its connotation, and all other mental thoughts that occur when analyzing that word.

Step 3: Analyze the word choice of the reading because in linguistics, words are defined through their differences  and comparison to other words rather than a independent and positive value.

Semiotician interpretation of Sonnet 65:

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o’er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall Time’s best jewel from Time’s chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
   O, none, unless this miracle have might,
   That in black ink my love may still shine bright.

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