Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Sonnet 29 ' Essay

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Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 29” is a lyric poem with a focus on the appreciation the speaker has for the love that his friend shows him. The speaker goes on a journey from lamentation to contentment regarding his own life situation; a man favored by none of his peers, possibly destitute, and ignored by God, weeps for being abandoned, for being in exile. However, while in deep sorrow he realizes that he does in fact have someone, the thought of whom can do far more for him than any materialistic possession. At that point, the speaker realizes that he is not as unfortunate as he feels, and his mood improves. An analysis of how the imagery and figures of speech revolve around the speaker’s feelings allows for the perception of four stages that he goes through: the dramatic self perspective that the speaker has of himself, the projection of what he perceives as being ideal, the realization of the priceless relationship that he has, and, at last, the praise of the relationship. The context of the speaker’s situation is provided in the first stanza and enriched with the ambiguity of the figures. In the opening line, the speaker says that he is disfavored by fortune and by “men’s eyes” (Line 1), which are those of the condescending people around him. The word “fortune” in this line could mean his monetary means, his luck, or even Fortuna, the “goddess… [who] distribute[s] the lots of life according to her own humor” (OED). His sorrow is emphasized by each of the meanings of the word…

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