Sonnets Essay

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The Shakespearean love poem, Sonnet 29, begins at a state of utter dejection and rises to a state of bliss. In Shakespeare's love poem, Sonnet 29, Shakespeare elegantly moves the speaker from the lowest possible state in which a human being can exist, to a state that nearly reaches the angels. To follow the movement of the sonnet, the reader needs to notice Shakespeare's artful use and placement of a single word:State. The word, state (as in state of being, or station in life) is used three times, toward the beginning, middle, and end of the poem. The reader should notice how that 'state' changes in these various positions in the 14 lines of the sonnet. Doing so will elevate the reader, along with the poem, from the lowest state of being, to the highest. When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes Like all sonnets, Sonnet 29 is composed of 14 lines, with two identifiable sections, the octet (first eight lines), and the sextet (final six lines). Here is the octet: When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state, And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, And look upon myself, and curse my fate, Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, Featured like him, like him with friends possessed, Desiring this man's art and that man's scope, With what I most enjoy contented least; In these first eight lines, the speaker of the poem is at life's nadir – rejected by society and out of harmony with the cosmos and Divine Providence. An astute reader will notice the use of the phrase, "outcast state," in line 2. The speaker is rejected by society, and out of tune with Providence and the cosmos. In this state, the speaker in line 3 is a puny man. Heaven is 'deaf' to his 'bootless cries,' for his voice is nearly mute and his stature weak. Lines 4 through 8 lay out all the deficits the speakers perceives in himself, ending with

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