Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Module 4: Reading Assignment 6

Sonnet 1 is telling us that beautiful creatures should multiply so that when the parent dies the beauty will be continued. The young man is too consumed with his own beauty but doesn't realize that his image will fade. The speaker wants the man to reproduce because he owes it to the world.

In Sonnet 12 the speaker says that time is running out and uses things in nature to represent this. He says that it's a waste to not pass on your beauty to children. I believe that Shakespeare is right with everything he says, but I think that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Sonnet 15 says that human action is a kind of show, because it keeps changing. He states that youth and beauty only last so long before they decay, so we should make the most out of our time on earth. This is a very practical lesson: live everyday as if it were your last.

In Sonnet 18 the speaker compares a young man to a summer's day, only the man is more lovely because the summer's weather is unpredictable and its time is too short. His beauty , unlike that of nature, will last forever "so long as men can breathe or eyes can see".

Sonnet 20 is talking about a young man who is feminine in appearance and in characteristics. He attracts both men and women, which can be concluded from the sexual references being made. This sonnet suprises me that the topic of homosexuality would be addressed considering it is not an accepted behavior in society.

Sonnet 29 is about a man all alone in the world who has found misfortunre. He cries to the heavens and wishes that he were more rich, had more friends, and was more powerful. He remembers in his youth when he was more fortunate. This sonnet is kind of sad when it talks about how good things used to be.

Sonnet 30 is talking about a man who's remembering former sadness and things in the past. He talks about his friend's deaths, losing his love, and how much he grieves over it. He compares his sorrows to debts and says that he has paid for them.

In Sonnet 31 the speaker mourns for his past loves/friends that have died. I think he is saying that these people took parts of him to their graves. In the last two sonnets it is both sad and emotional when he recounts losing loved ones.

Sonnet 33 describes the beauty of nature. The speaker mentions disgrace and compares it to the setting of the sun. He is trying to say that emotions can be hidden. This is different from the other sonnets because it doesn't talk about the past. It is a nice change.


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