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William Shakespeare - Sonnet 25

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Transcript of William Shakespeare - Sonnet 25

William Shakespeare - Sonnet 25
Sonnet 25
Paraphrase
Let those who are in favour with their stars,
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars,
Unlook'd for joy in that I honour most.

Those who are lucky with their destiny
Show their pride because they are honoured and entitled.
While I don't have this luck an triumph, I'm not so fortunate,
I don't experience joy and am not honoured
Paraphrase
Great princes' favourites their fair leaves spread
But as the marigold at the sun’s eye,
And in themselves their pride lies buried,
For at a frown they in their glory die.

They are the favourites of great princes, and they bloom
Like the marigold as long as the sun shines.
They are very proud of themselves,
But when they die in glory, others look at them disapprovingly
Paraphrase
The painful warrior famoused for worth,
After a thousand victories once foil'd,
Is from the book of honour razed quite,
And all the rest forgot for which he toil'd.

The warrior known for his skills, has painfully
Won a thousand battles, and lost one.
He isn't honoured anymore
And everyone forgets what he has endured.
Paraphrase
Then happy I that love and am beloved
Where I may not remove nor be removed.

Then I am happy that I can love and be loved
I will not forget anyone and won't be forgotten
Interpretation
first quatrain:
compares himself, who is rather unlucky, to those who are honoured and famous; jealousy?
second quatrain:
evanescence of fame, warriors aren't honored anymore after their death
third quatrain:
example of a successful warrior who only lost a single war people care more about what you do wrong than about what you do right
rhyming couplet:
love is better than fame, being remembered after dying is better than being honored as long as you live
References to today
contrast between rich and poor (between different countries, but also among people of the same country): for the rich people, life is easier, and they are more honored
it's more fatal when you do sth wrong than it's good when you do sth right, people will never forget your mistakes, they always forget what you did
for
them but not what you did
to
them
being loved and remembered your whole life and even after your death by people you love is better than being respected by strangers and afterward dying alone and lonely
the value of materialistic things is often considered higher than the value of love
people often see to late what is really important in life
Stylistic devices
Visual material
typical sonnet: three quatrains, one rhyming couplet, cross rhyme, iambic pentameter, ten syllables
allegory: destiny stars
metaphor / comparison : "their fair leaves spread", "as the marigold"
personification: "their pride lies buried"
allegory: "book of honour" minds of people
hyperbole: "a thousand victories"
repetition, assonance: "love / beloved", "remove / removed"
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