By Carl Senna
Numbering greater than a hundred and fifty, Shakespeare's sonnets have contributed considerably to discussions of the elusive personality of the Bard. whereas many of the poems are addressed to a tender guy, others invoke the popular darkish woman. each one sonnet is interpreted, concentrating on language specific to the poem, in addition to on how the sonnet shape furthers which means. moreover, Shakespeare's significant subject matters of affection and wonder; mutability; and time and immortality are explored.
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Again the poet is more concerned about the young man’s reputation than he is about his own. SONNET 72 Sonnet 72 echoes the mood of Sonnet 71, and the poet tells the youth not to praise his verse after the poet’s death, as his praise could not add to the merit of the poems and may bring ridicule to the youth. ” Although the poet never questions his own love for the youth, he does question the worth of his sonnets, perhaps because they do not bring him the young man’s affection. ” His characterizing his sonnets as “nothing worth” is one of the low points in the sonnets.
SONNET 38 Like the previous sonnet, Sonnet 38 contrasts the selfishly lascivious youth and the adoring, idealistic poet. The poet appears pitifully unable to contemplate his life without the youth, who remains physically distanced from the poet. The poet’s emotional reliance on the young man dominates the sonnet. ” The youth is even hailed as the “tenth Muse,” generating ten times the inspiration of the other nine. Ironically, the poet demeans the worth of his own verse not only by acknowledging his complete reliance on the young man but by admitting that any poet could write exceptional poetry were the young man the poem’s subject matter.
SONNET 33 Sonnet 33 begins a new phase in the poet and youth’s estrangement from each other. ) In any case, faith between the two men is broken during the poet’s absence. Shifts in the poet’s attitudes toward the youth and about his own involvement in the relationship are evident in the sonnet. Whereas in Sonnet 25 the poet boasts that his faith is permanent, here he reverses himself. References to “basest clouds,” “ugly rack,” “stealing,” “disgrace,” and “stain” indicate that the friend has committed a serious moral offense.
Cliffs Notes on Shakespeare's Sonnets by Carl Senna