He often wrote in riddles and puzzles, and what he said was not always what he meant. O, if, I say, you look upon this verse When I perhaps compounded am with clay, Do not so much as my poor name rehearse. For I am shamed by that which I bring forth, And so should you, to love things nothing worth. And use your relationship with me to mock you after I am dead. Shakespeare changes his tone and describes the previous vile world as wise. It became known as the English variation or Shakespearean rhyme.
Sonnet 74 But be contented: when that fell arrest Without all bail shall carry me away, My life hath in this line some interest, Which for memorial still with thee shall stay. He was not pleased with his environment. Why is he saying it? This lesson will show how the poem follows a sonnet format while also communicating a great deal about grief and death. Lest the wise world should look into your moan, And mock you with me after I am gone. This is quite different than an Italian rhythm which is generally: abba, abba, cdcd, ee.
The central argument of Sonnet 71 if we may call it an argument as such is similar to that which in one of her sonnets. He may have the applause of the day on the stage ; or he may command lasting renown by his pen. The poet loved the person enough to forget his own ambitions or legacy to secure future happiness for that same person. Much of his history is known, but can also be considered a little cloudy. No longer mourn for me when I am dead Then you shall hear the surly sullen bell Give warning to the world that I am fled From this vile world, with vilest worms to dwell: Nay, if you read this line, remember not The hand that writ it; for I love you so That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot If thinking on me then should make you woe. There is no conclusive evidence in regards to who his loved one s are.
The speaker values the ability of words to immortalize a person, so perhaps he is inducing the youth to preserve himself with the journal. Bodily death he does not fear: oblivion he dreads. But let your love even with my life decay, But let your love decay in the same way that my life rots away, Lest the wise world should look into your moan So that the malicious people in world do not pry into your grief And mock you with me after I am gone. In the second quatrain, he compares his age to twilight, a time when the sun has set but a little light remains in the sky, with the coming of night representing death. Sonnet 78 So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse, And found such fair assistance in my verse As every alien pen hath got my use And under thee their poesy disperse. He is requesting the young man to let his love die, just as the writer has. The two series of poems are almost wholly allegorical and antithetical.
Perhaps Shakespeare calls this a 'vile world' because he is afraid of people forgetting him and is pitying himself as he thinks about his inevitable demise. But let your love even with my life decay, Lest the wise world should look into your moan And mock you with me after I am gone. A typical English sonnet has 14 lines, as does this one. Whether he is sincerely saying he wants people to forget all about him and move on or if his feelings are different is up to the reader to decide. We readers like this poetic motif, it would seem.
But Shakespeare was a sly and subtle author. . He encourages the fair youth to forget about him when he dies and refrain from glorifying his memory. The opening line is a somber statement that immediately has the reader thinking of death. With both blessing my bookshelves, the sonnets continue to be my favorite. Some argue that Shakespeare is afraid of people forgetting him and is pitying himself. Never wanting to cause the youth pain, the poet is afraid that, if the young man grieves for him, his woeful thoughts will replace any loving affection he may still have for the poet.
In Sonnet 71, the Bard enjoins his beloved, the Fair Youth, not to grieve for him when he dies. Rather than just preserving the youth and beauty of his beloved in writing, the speaker now asserts that his own spirit will be preserved through poetry as well. She is from Seoul, and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island. When thou reviewest this, thou dost review The very part was consecrate to thee: The earth can have but earth, which is his due; My spirit is thine, the better part of me: So then thou hast but lost the dregs of life, The prey of worms, my body being dead; The coward conquest of a wretch's knife, Too base of thee to be remembered,. Sonnet 75 So are you to my thoughts as food to life, Or as sweet-season'd showers are to the ground; And for the peace of you I hold such strife As 'twixt a miser and his wealth is found.
The poet must do himself or herself down and put the loved one first. In lines five through eight, the narrator tells his loved ones that if they read this, they shouldn't remember who wrote it him , because he loves them so much he would rather that they completely forget him if his memory would upset them. The poet describes a time when he will be compounded with clay, in other words, turned to dust. This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong, To love that well, which thou must leave ere long. Analyzing 'Sonnet 71': Structure Shakespeare's sonnet stays true to the English sonnet's structured form.
Sonnets were usually written this way to emphasize the end of the line, or last syllable. The embedded audio player requires a modern internet browser. Lesson Summary Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 71' has a solemn and hopeless tone, or attitude, and the poem is addressed to the narrator's loved ones. The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show Of mouthed graves will give thee memory; Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know Time's thievish progress to eternity. Begin as he may with his theme, he almost invariably merges into allegory, and represents himself as the contestant of death. The poet is speaking to the young man mentioned in his previous sonnets.