Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Sonnet 18 is a beautiful sonnet and no doubt one of the most famous sonnets William Shakespeare wrote. Advertisements

Sonnet 61

This sonnet was very relatable to me. This one is about sleep and the lack of it when thoughts keep you up at night. “Is it thy will thy image should keep open My heavy eyelids to the weary night? Dost thou desire my slumbers should be broken, While shadows, like to thee, do mock…

Beauty or Beast?

Throughout almost all of Shakespeare’s sonnets he talks of beauty. Particularly, when he is talking about beauty he is referring to a man. He writes at first describing the admiration he feels toward this person and how his looks are like no other, which is very positive in a couple of his sonnets. In some…

Sonnet 144 & 145

Sonnet 144 is an interesting sonnet in that it has some type of love triangle relationship going on. One of the “loves” is a young man that is referenced as being an angel, and the other is the dark lady who is represented as being quite wicked. In the sonnet, the poet is concerned that…

Sonnet #130

While many of Shakespeare’s sonnets are complex and require in-depth analysis to understand, his 130th sonnet was by far the easiest for me to understand, and I believe its comprehensibility is partly due to the universal and timeless theme: “love is blind.” Shakespeare managed to create a piece of work that remains witty and relatable…

Realistic and Idealistic Love

A theme that was present from sonnets 127 through 150 was the contrasting theme of realistic love and the idealistic perception of love. In sonnets 127-130, the speaker had just begun to express his attraction to this dark-haired woman who in comparison to other poets’ muses was mediocre by standard. In sonnet 130, the speaker…

The Will of Will

Jade Knox   In the “dark lady” sonnets, there is one poem that stands out to me: number 135. In this poem we see William Shakespeare makes a play on his own name. The poem speaks on the will of the lady, which could address the desire the woman has either for riches or other…

“I Hate… Not You”

Sonnet one hundred and forty-five was part of the Dark Lady sonnets. When first interpreting this sonnet, one can come to a conclusion that this was written about a young woman that was not very fond of many things. The man that loves her seems to become insecure when she starting speaking about the things…

The Price Paid as a Result of Excessive Obsession with the Physical Body

Excessive obsession with the physical body’s exterior appearance, clouds the minds of many from what is truly important. Within the first line of Sonnet 146, Shakespeare states “Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth” (line 1). Right from the start, pity is directed towards the soul as it has to embody people’s “sinful earth”….

The Dark Lady Sonnets: Bawdy, Beautiful, or Both?

When one hears mention of the Bard of Avon, one undoubtedly summons to mind images of a bearded man with a fluffy collar and balding head reciting the lines of his prose to a stunned crowd. Upon mention of his works, the mind conjures thoughts of his wonderful dramas and of his lyrical and beautiful…

Lies in Sonnet 130 and 138

One of the reoccurring themes in the latter half of Shakespeare’s sonnets that really stood out to me was the idea of lying or misconstruing the truth. Although both sonnets 130 and 138 address the matter, they do so in opposite ways—one focuses on trying to be honest in a world full of deceitful poets,…

Sonnet 91

            Shakespeare wrote several sonnets that have come together to be known as the Fair Youth sequence. Within this sequence, the poet tells of his love for a young man. Sonnet ninety-one is a particularly interesting addition in this sequence that shows just how great the poet considers his love for the youth to be….