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Transcript of Sonnet 33
Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy,
Anon permit the basest clouds to ride
With ugly rack on his celestial face,
And from the fórlorn world his visage hide,
Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace.
Ev'n so my sun one early morn did shine
With all triumphant splendor on my brow;
But out alack, he was but one hour mine;
The region cloud hath masked him from me now.
Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth.
Suns of the world may stain when heav‘n’s sun staineth.
Literary Devices Explained
There is an extended metaphor throughout the sonnet that the man is the sun.
"Kissing with golden face the meadows green"
Literary Devices Explained cont.
An elision is when the poet leaves out an unstressed syllable or vowel.
This is used throughout the poem. There are five iambic feet in each line. An iamb is a metrical foot of two syllables. The first unstressed and the second stressed.
In this poem, Shakespeare talks about a young man that he loves but he says that he is undeserving of the praise Shakespeare gives him. The young man betrays Shakespeare and Shakespeare blames him for it but also put some blame on himself for thinking that his outward beauty would mean that he was a good person on the inside.
Shakespeare Sonnet 33
In Shakespeare's Sonnet 33, his use of literary devices adds to the theme of betrayal that Shakespeare feels. The extended metaphor demonstrates how the narrator feels about the young man and his betrayal but still loves him in the end.
The shift in the sonnet occurs at line 9. Shakespeare switches from praising the young man to stating his feelings of betrayal by him.