By Carl Senna
Numbering greater than one hundred fifty, Shakespeare's sonnets have contributed considerably to discussions of the elusive personality of the Bard. whereas lots of the poems are addressed to a tender guy, others invoke the well known darkish girl. every one sonnet is interpreted, concentrating on language specific to the poem, in addition to on how the sonnet shape furthers that means. furthermore, Shakespeare's significant topics of affection and sweetness; mutability; and time and immortality are explored.
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Clearly the poet is no longer concerned that the young man have a child to ensure the immortality of his beauty. Now, the poet’s own sonnets are the only security the youth needs to gain eternal worth. SONNET 61 The youth continues to present a variety of phantom images to the poet. Trying to settle on one authentic image, the poet cannot sleep because of the emotional turmoil caused by his obsession with the youth. Shapes and visions of the youth are the disembodied “shadows like to thee”—shadows that frustrate the poet and prevent him from concluding anything about the youth.
53 The antithesis in lines 9 through 12 is between the aging poet and the youth’s good looks. ” In other words, the young man currently is beautiful, but “parallels”—wrinkles—will eventually appear, as they have on the poet. ” Unlike the poet’s promise in Sonnet 19, this assurance does not include giving the young man eternal beauty. ” Clearly the poet is no longer concerned that the young man have a child to ensure the immortality of his beauty. Now, the poet’s own sonnets are the only security the youth needs to gain eternal worth.
Either the poet loves himself and betrays the youth, or the poet loves the youth and betrays himself. SONNET 40 Sonnet 40 begins a three-sonnet sequence in which the poet shares his possessions and his mistress with the youth, although it is not until Sonnet 41 that he directly mentions their liaison. The use of the word “love” may be confusing to readers, for “love” in this sonnet means at least three different things. ” Here, “my loves” refers to the poet’s possessions, both physical—the sonnets themselves—and emotional.
Cliffs Notes on Shakespeare's Sonnets by Carl Senna