Nor shall Death brag thou wand’rest in his shade, Save what is had or must from you be took. And you but one, can every shadow lend. Not just his poetry, but his plays too. And would corrupt my saint to be a devil, Even in the eyes of all posterity But, luckily for the listener, their beauty is. On both sides thus is simple truth suppressed. But out, alack, he was but one hour mine, The speaker spends the fourteen lines struggling with his thoughts of a lost love, who is for some unknown reason, far away from him. In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire Subscribe to our mailing list and get new poetry analysis updates straight to your inbox. Then look I death my days should expiate. 1-From fairest creatures we desire increase 2-When forty winters shall beseige thy brow 3-Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest 4-Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend 5-Those hours, that with gentle work did frame 6-Then let not winter's ragged hand deface 7-Lo! Unlike sonnet 18, this sonnet has a less favourable take on summer. So, till the judgment that yourself arise, Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme, Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Since first I saw you fresh, which yet are green. In his frustration, he complains that it might as well be winter. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site. The perfect ceremony of love’s rite, I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought, Now counting best to be with you alone, I see their antique pen would have express’d Which alters when it alteration finds, O’ercharged with burden of mine own love’s might. So I, for fear of trust, forget to say So are you to my thoughts as food to life, And weep afresh love’s long since cancelled woe, It is through advertising that we are able to contribute to charity. #2 One thought at a time. The living record of your memory. Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul As any she belied with false compare. O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out But sad mortality o’ersways their power, Three winters cold 2 Sonnet 129: The expense of spirit in a waste of shame 3 Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds 4 Sonnet 98: From you 5 But, he knows this probably isn’t true. Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. Which like two spirits do suggest me still: Above a mortal pitch, that struck me dead? And broils root out the work of masonry, Can yet the lease of my true love control, It is solid and no one is allowed to ditch their partner when they change. Who is Shakespeare talking to and why is he saying these words? Yet do thy worst, old Time! They are “more lovely and more temperate.” The most important part of the poem comes at the end where a real distinction is drawn between the listener and a perfect, warm sunny day. Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young, He is known for his fluid and structured, style of writing. William Shakespeare's all Sonnets(154) and their Analysis with explanation are the main focus of this app. From fairest creatures we desire increase, If you have a personal favourite let us know in a comment below…. Shakespeare only uses the word infrequently, six times in total, two of which, in Hamlet, relate to the meaning 'pearl'. Even if he spoke, no one would hear or listen to him. But when your countenance filled up his line, To win me soon to hell, my female evil Listen online, no signup necessary. And heavily from woe to woe tell o’er amzn_assoc_region = "US"; The last lines are very striking as well. Best William Shakespeare Sonnets 1 Sonnet 27 — “Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed” 2 Sonnet 116 — “Let me not to the marriage of true minds” 3 … In the case of Sonnet 104, the speaker compares the progression of the seasons to that of age. For as you were when first your eye I eyed, Learn more and register your interest at our online acting course page. Tempteth my better angel from my side, Here's our pick of 20 of the very best Shakespeare metaphors. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Hath motion and mine eye may be deceived; Bound for the prize of all too precious you, Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion’s paws, He is not a lucky man, clearly. All losses are restored, and sorrows end. The beauty of ladies, their passions and actions, all can be found within the verse. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "stag01d-20"; Oh, love’s best habit is in seeming trust, Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe, And for the peace of you I hold such strife For thee, and for myself, no quiet find. Look up the context of your sonnet. To hear with eyes belongs to love’s fine wit. Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest. Incertainties now crown themselves assured, Who with his fear is put besides his part, Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue: William Shakespeare is generally considered to be one of, if not the, greatest writers in the English language. There are a lot of resources out there for your sonnets. Or who is he so fond will be the tomb Past reason hunted, and no sooner had The poem ends with the speaker declaring that everyone who thinks they’re even a little bit beautiful should know that the most beautiful person to ever live, has already been born and probably died. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, His word choices, as well as the way the rhythm and images worked together to form complex, multilayered lines that often had more than one meaning. For then my thoughts (from far where I abide) In all external grace you have some part, He clearly sees the seasons changing, but looking at his “fair friend,” this person does not seem to age. Here is a list of my favourite Shakespeare sonnets. Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage, Not by our feeling but by others’ seeing. I see descriptions of the fairest wights, Then better’d that the world may see my pleasure; Poetry is a completely subjective and deeply personal thing, so you may entirely disagree, in fact I hope you do. But if thou live rememb’red not to be, Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye, Despite thy wrong The humble as the proudest sail doth bear, I actually find unpacking a Shakespearean sonnet can be more difficult than a Shakespeare monologue in many cases. Suns of the world may stain when heaven’s sun staineth. This time it’s in regard to the past and how poetry has chronicled it. When in the chronicle of wasted time Understanding these sonnets can be tough. And, for they look’d but with divining eyes, Sonnet 75: So are you to my thoughts as food to life by William Shakespeare, Sonnet 60: Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore by William Shakespeare, Sonnet 87: Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing by William Shakespeare, Sonnet 7: Lo! But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, What is your substance, whereof are you made, People do not need to have perfume breath to deserve love. Frequent readers of Shakespeare will already be familiar with his fondness for comparisons between the seasons and different states of love. That looks on tempests and is never shaken; The mortal moon hath her eclipse endured Full many a glorious morning have I seen Let me not to the marriage of true minds The sonnet is a wonderfully celebratory nod to love and marriage. His tender heir might bear his memory; But you like none, none you, for constant heart. As victors of my silence cannot boast; You have to understand every word, every line and every thought. And you in Grecian tires are painted new: And dumb presagers of my speaking breast, No, I am that I am; and they that level That she might think me some untutored youth, Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room, But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Even such a beauty as you master now. My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; The worst was this: my love was my decay. And every fair from fair sometime declines, And beauty making beautiful old rhyme And thou in this shalt find thy monument, I guess one angel in another’s hell: Shakespeare wrote the majority of his sonnets during the mid-1590s, during a vogue for sonneteering among popular and now forgotten Elizabethan poets. More than that tongue that more hath more expressed. She’s strangling his creativity but he can’t stop himself from being aroused by her. Thank you! It’s not at the mercy of time. So thou through windows of thine age shalt see, My love looks fresh, and death to me subscribes, Despite previous claims that Shakespeare’s sonnets show he was obsessed with the “Fair Youth” and led astray by his “Dark Lady”, Wells and Edmondson said the opposite is true. Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust, amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Who plead for love and look for recompense These sonnets investigate love, loss, deception, time, youth and are certainly not simple love poems. This sonnet is perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous, or at least his most quoted. Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy; Now with the drops of this most balmy time But when in thee time’s furrows I behold, Since every one hath, every one, one shade, Today from the endless vault that is the internet: your favorite pop songs, rewritten as sonnets. Even as he begs to be let go, he knows he’ll just come right back again. I think this list should be a good starting point if you want to learn more about Shakespeare’s sonnets. Make sure you understand each thought. When to the sessions of sweet silent thought Which in thy breast doth live, as thine in me. On your broad main doth wilfully appear. Possessing or pursuing no delight We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously. So long as youth and thou are of one date; Their face (and maybe mind too) are like “eternal summer.” And why is this the case? And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste. Since spite of him I’ll live in this poor rhyme, I summon up remembrance of things past, Of hand, of foot, of lip, of eye, of brow, Intend a zealous pilgrimage to thee, In this context, while there are myriad websites listing Shakespeare’s top 10 sonnets, and no two lists are likely to be the same, the relevant issue in defining 10 of Shakespeare’s greatest sonnets is that of selecting those which The other as your bounty doth appear; #3 Research. O, none, unless this miracle have might, Or on my frailties why are frailer spies, Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid? Making their tomb the womb wherein they grew? Lust is the main subject of these fourteen lines. Looking on darkness which the blind do see: As I, not for myself, but for thee will, Mad in pursuit and in possession so, It is likely these touchy subjects that continue to drive our fascination with Shakespeare’s sonnets, as … That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, Shakespeare's sonnets are poems written by William Shakespeare on a variety of themes. He’s in a vicious circle that is perpetuated by his own weakness. The better angel is a man right fair, Your shallowest help will hold me up afloat He of tall building and of goodly pride. When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st. To work my mind, when body’s work’s expired: Shakespeare’s works influenced a generation of writers while the Bard was still alive, but to this day there are writers in every language who take direction from his pioneering style. It is the star to every wandering bark, Bearing thy heart, which I will keep so chary My love shall in my verse ever live young. Suspect I may, but not directly tell; As tender nurse her babe from faring ill. The poem ends immediately after the speaker declares that he can’t find quiet for himself, or “For thee.” The emptiness beyond the final line speaks to weariness and exhausted reverence. Although she knows my days are past the best, Shakespeare loves a twist ending, and the couplet provides that. He is like a rising bird, escaping from his earthly troubles and singing to God. This list includes the best of The Bard's 154 sonnets. Till my bad angel fire my good one out. Why does this person get to live forever? Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed, The dear repose for limbs with travel tired; But then begins a journey in my head, To work my mind, when body’s work’s expired: For then my thoughts (from far where I abide) Intend a zealous pilgrimage to thee, By their rank thoughts my deeds must not be shown, For fear of which, hear this, thou age unbred: Universally admired and quoted, Shakespeare's Sonnets have love, beauty and the passing of time at their heart. ‘Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity To make me tongue-tied speaking of your fame. amzn_assoc_emphasize_categories = "283155,133140011"; Admit impediments; love is not love “The language of sexuality in some of the sonnets, which are definitely addressed to a male subject, leaves us in no doubt that Shakespeare was bisexual,” Edmonsdson told The Telegraph . Consider Shakespeare’s sonnets as audition choices. Join the conversation by. 125 Best Shakespeare Quotes 1. “Be not afraid of greatness. Which are the best of Shakespeare's sonnets? Then can I drown an eye unused to flow, Ah, yet doth beauty, like a dial hand, Thirty-Three Best Shakespeares Sonnets Podcasts For 2020. Pity the world, or else this glutton be, William Shakespeare Teatro Shakespeare Shakespeare Facts Works Of Shakespeare Shakespeare Sonnets Shakespeare Theatre Shakespeare Portrait First Folio Character Names Giclee Print: Portrait of William Shakespeare, Engraved by Martin Droeshout (C.1560-C.1642), 1623 : 24x18in There’s no point in trying. If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; So all their praises are but prophecies And whether that my angel be turn’d fiend Coral is far more red than her lips’ red; For where is she so fair whose uneared womb Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest, And you in every blessed shape we know. He is lost, outcast, and separate from those he would like to know. The one doth shadow of your beauty show, When discussing or referring to Shakespeare's sonnets, it is almost always a reference to the 154 sonnets that were first published all together in a quarto in 1609. How can I then be elder than thou art? Speak of the spring, and foison of the year, amzn_assoc_linkid = "ded14a0b4b97919b9f0c9d025c6ae601"; It is brutal, “murder’s” and “bloody.” It’s also sometimes despised after consummation. Where, alack, O, carve not with the hours my love’s fair brow, Shakespeare is like another language. Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight, For beauty’s pattern to succeeding men. Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger’s jaws, I do believe her, though I know she lies, 1. The best part is that you don’t have to set aside an afternoon to read them like you But bears it out even to the edge of doom. Three April perfumes in three hot Junes burned, He has a love that comes to him, in his mind, and improves his outlook. Wooing his purity with her foul pride. I may be straight though they themselves be bevel; Three beauteous springs to yellow autumn turned How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Subscribe to our mailing list to get the latest and greatest poetry updates. Is poorly imitated after you; Love is also a star in the sky. Restaurant Shakespeare's restaurant is the prime quality cuisine that only best restaurants in Vilnius can praise themselves for. Many of these you will be familiar with (I’m sure at least the iconic Sonnet 18), and some you will not. Knowing a better spirit doth use your name, These are all poems that deal with love, beauty, the passage of time, and mortality. These are the questions the poet tries to answer in this sonnet. To the wide world and all her fading sweets; So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. This week, we're learning about sonnets, and English Literature's best-known purveyor of those fourteen-line paeans, William Shakespeare. This stops him from being able to create. As after sunset fadeth in the west, So next up we’ve got The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Helen Vendler, who is a University Professor at Harvard. Featuring some of the best-known and best-loved lines in the history of poetry ('Shall I compare thee to a summer's Every single person that visits PoemAnalysis.com has helped contribute, so thank you for your support. With all triumphant splendour on my brow; Not marble nor the gilded monuments Presume not on thy heart when mine is slain; He, nor that affable familiar ghost This ground-breaking Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest, They had not skill enough your worth to sing: I’m more of a fan of contemporary poetry, but Shakespeare was just on a different level! Kissing with golden face the meadows green, When tyrants’ crests and tombs of brass are spent. It begins with the line “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The answer is clearly yes, as the following thirteen lines are devoted to doing just that. Ere you were born was beauty’s summer dead. Sonnet 18 is my favorite.wish I could live at that time. From fairest creatures we desire increase. At my abuses reckon up their own: Now is the time that face should form another, When wasteful war shall statues overturn, Despite of wrinkles, this thy golden time. O therefore, love, be of thyself so wary That millions of strange shadows on you tend? Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel. If you've encountered William Shakespeare's sonnets anytime since 1609, it's likely been in the form of the edition from that year. Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back? Describe Adonis, and the counterfeit I only recently stumbled across this truly hilarious and inspired (and now-defunct) Tumblr, but it made me laugh out loud in an otherwise depressing time, so I thought I would share it with you. By chance or nature’s changing course untrimmed. O, let my books be then the eloquence Give salutation to my sportive blood? And often is his gold complexion dimmed; Here is my process for unlocking the sense and beauty of these sonnets: #1 Look up unfamiliar words. On purpose laid to make the taker mad; Literature is one of her greatest passions which she pursues through analysing poetry on Poem Analysis. Sonnets from the Portuguese, written ca. This sonnet is one of a series, it continues a running commentary about a “dark lady” and her influence over the speaker. That did my ripe thoughts in my brain inhearse, amzn_assoc_default_category = "All"; But as the riper should by time decease, It is a popular reading at weddings worldwide and the first line indicates why. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, They take one-minute to recite, contain 154 from which to choose, and rank among the world’s finest poetry. For we, which now behold these present days, And the sad augurs mock their own preságe; Save that my soul’s imaginary sight amzn_assoc_enable_interest_ads = "true"; in the orient when the gracious light by William Shakespeare, Sonnet 4: Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend by William Shakespeare. Of course you have to use your own instincts, but always best to do some research first. But, perhaps he is. Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace: As the death-bed whereon it must expire, Shakespeare’s sonnets, of which there are many, are some of the most popular poems in the English language. We don’t need to tell you that Shakespeare’s sonnets are incredible (or that they can be puzzling beyond all reason). The best books to learn more about Shakespeare's sonnets, from an introduction to more complex readings, recommended by Scott Newstok. Therefore I lie with her and she with me, Him in thy course untainted do allow Shakespeare Sonnets William Shakespeare Shakespeare Birthday Best Classic Books English Poets Penguin Classics American Children Playwright London Life To Be Or Not To Be: Shakespeare's Soliloquies Buy To Be or Not to Be: Shakespeare's Soliloquies by Michael Kerrigan, William Shakespeare and Read this Book on Kobo's Free Apps. These are for me the 25 most intriguing sonnets. Our 7x sold out online acting course returns soon. This sonnet is a haunting description of mental and emotional unrest. To me, fair friend, you never can be old. Sonnet 116: Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds Admit Impediments This sonnet is among the most loved in the sheet because you can read it as a celebratory nod to marriage and love. Thou that art now the world’s fresh ornament You live in this, and dwell in lovers’ eyes. Or gluttoning on all, or all away. Writing sonnets was not what Shakespeare was best at. And wherefore say not I that I am old? Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day, Makes black night beauteous and her old face new. Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea. For why should others’ false adulterate eyes Let me not to the marriage of true minds And the just pleasure lost, which is so deemed O no, it is an ever-fixed mark Calls back the lovely April of her prime; Thou gav’st me thine not to give back again. Is but the seemly raiment of my heart, What is love not? This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong, We all work together to contribute useful articles and resources for actors at all stages in their careers. And age in love loves not to have years told. So your sweet hue, which methinks still doth stand, If this be error and upon me proved, Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame, Of this our time, all you prefiguring; However, if we want to truly understand these wonderful sonnets, we must investigate them thoroughly. Stage Milk / Shakespeare / Best Shakespeare Sonnets. 7. … My saucy bark inferior far to his Lust as a representative of future longing and past longing. But I forbid thee one more heinous crime: On Helen’s cheek all art of beauty set, The dear repose for limbs with travel tired; Unless this general evil they maintain: What is your substance, whereof are you made, That time of year thou mayst in me behold. Enjoy investigating these wonderful sonnets! That time of year thou mayst in me behold But being both from me, both to each friend, Here, the speaker compares his lover’s eyes to other beautiful things. And, tender churl, mak’st waste in niggarding. But this list includes some of the most poignant examples. Consum’d with that which it was nourish’d by. Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, I urge you to pick up a copy of the sonnets and read them all! Shall Time’s best jewel from Time’s chest lie hid? Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure; To me, fair friend, you never can be old, Ads are what helps us bring you premium content! But then begins a journey in my head, Yet this shall I ne’er know, but live in doubt, It features a handy concordance you can search to find an exact word or To eat the world’s due, by the grave and thee. Within thine own bud buriest thy content, This is a tricky one, that’s for sure. amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "auto"; This is another sonnet focusing, unsurprisingly, about the redeeming power of love, the speaker begins by mourning his own situation. Sometime all full with feasting on your sight, Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea, I never writ, nor no man ever loved. So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, The sad account of fore-bemoanèd moan, Sonnet 27. Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee But, surprise halfway through, the beauty the poets were describing actually belongs to someone alive today. Unlike the rest of creation, love is unshakeable. Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest, When to the sessions of sweet silent thought. The region cloud hath mask’d him from me now. Whose action is no stronger than a flower? Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Metaphor 5, Antony and Cleopatra: For his bounty, There was no Than unswept stone, besmear’d with sluttish time. And do whate’er thou wilt, swift-footed Time, Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleets, Of his self-love, to stop posterity? ’Tis better to be vile than vile esteemed If she was a real goddess, she would never need to. While he insults o’er dull and speechless tribes. As an unperfect actor on the stage Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed, Please continue to help us support the fight against dementia. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Your email address will not be published. Against the wrackful siege of battering days, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 is one of the best-loved in the folio. But there are others which are less known, but equally brilliant such as “From you have I been absent in the spring” (Sonnet 98) and “The expense of spirit in a waste of shame” (Sonnet 129). And in our faults by lies we flattered be. To love that well which thou must leave ere long. The summer is temporary, it isn’t going to last. And keep my drooping eyelids open wide, Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother. That music hath a far more pleasing sound. Shakespeare has 154 sonnets, so to pick a top 25 has not been easy, but here we are! Which nightly gulls him with intelligence, That thereby beauty’s rose might never die, I grant I never saw a goddess go; Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays? Shakespeare Sonnets William Shakespeare Mary Oliver Best Quotes Stuff To Do My Design Poems Finding Yourself How To Get Shakespeare Sonnet 60 (LX) on Parchment Ceramic Tile Shop Shakespeare Sonnet 60 (LX) on Parchment Ceramic Tile created by Hakonart. Whilst he upon your soundless deep doth ride; And in some perfumes is there more delight Containing some of the greatest lyric poems in English literature, Shake-speares Sonnets are not just the easy love sentiments of "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day." That wear this world out to the ending doom. Top 25 Shakespeare Sonnets. For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night, Which, like a jewel hung in ghastly night, My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; The expense of spirit in a waste of shame. The speaker in these lines is in the middle of summer but isn’t happy about it. She doesn’t have any similarities to the natural items he points out. When rocks impregnable are not so stout, It is the good and the bad, the regrets and the triumphs. Famous Shakespeare Sonnets Shakespeare published 154 sonnets, and although they are all poems of the highest quality, there are some that have entered deeply into the consciousness of our culture to become the most famous Shakespeare sonnets.. In process of the seasons have I seen, To truly master Shakespeare’s 450 year old words you need to be reading, watching and working on Shakespeare text as often as you can. Was it his spirit, by spirits taught to write As is often the case with these ‘best of’ lists, the audacious title is backed by little more than a one man’s love for Shakespeare. It’s not enough to understand the themes or the overarching sentiment. When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang By reading Shakespeare’s sonnets, you can get a taste of the Bard’s best writing and some of his most refined musings on love, life, and death. The “he” in the text is the speaker’s sexual needs. Copyright © 2020 • StageMilk | an ARH Media PTY LTD website. Nor draw no lines there with thine antique pen! It is not just his body she is in control of, but his muse. What is it not? Within his bending sickle’s compass come; And make the earth devour her own sweet brood; 2.) The expense of spirit in a waste of shame To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell. Steal from his figure and no pace perceived; Supposed as forfeit to a cónfined doom. Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st, In me thou see’st the twilight of such day The listener is better than even the best parts of summer. It even continues to feature in modern wedding ceremonies around the globe and is considered as the most famous Shakespeare sonnets. Her lips are dull, her breasts aren’t white enough and she walks on the ground. Was it the proud full sail of his great verse, Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul, ’Tis better to be vile than vile esteemed. Unlearnèd in the world’s false subtleties. Which in their wills count bad that I think good? That in black ink my love may still shine bright. His grammatical inversions ill suit the modern ear. Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, Which by and by black night doth take away, No, neither he, nor his compeers by night Lo, thus, by day my limbs, by night my mind, Utter genius. When not to be receives reproach of being, Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth; My glass shall not persuade me I am old Which I new pay as if not paid before. But wherefore says she not she is unjust? Then if he thrive and I be cast away, And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare And in mine own love’s strength seem to decay, Past reason hated as a swallowed bait #4 Read more Shakespeare. He can see the beautiful blooming flowers and animals around him, and they appear as sad imitations of the young man the poem is devoted to. amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; Giving him aid, my verse astonished. O, how I faint when I of you do write, For all that beauty that doth cover thee A bestselling, beautifully designed edition of William Shakespeare’s sonnets, complete with valuable tools for educators. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; Whose strength’s abundance weakens his own heart; O fearful meditation! Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Get a dictionary, ideally Shakespeare’s Words, and make sure you understand all the words in your sonnet. Please support this website by adding us to your whitelist in your ad blocker. 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