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Shakespear's Sonnet 30
Transcript of Shakespear's Sonnet 30
Sonnet 30 appears to be Shakespeare's tribute to a good friend or possibly a lover. Undertones of depression and remembrance of past memories are found throughout this sonnet "Remembrance of Things Past" (line 2). Discontent with life was expressed as the poet surveys his past life and all the sorrows it has brought him. But as he thinks of this priceless friendship all of his worries and sorrows vanish. "But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end" (lines 13-14)
Shakespeare's Sonnet 30
presented by Megan Carson
Born on April 23, 1564
Died on April 23, 1616
English poet, playwright, and actor
Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language
Had seven brothers and sisters
often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon"
Never attended a University
Wrote 154 sonnets
"sessions of sweet silent thought." (line 1)
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unus'd to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor'd and sorrows end.
"death's dateless night" (line 6)
"grieve at grievances" (line 9)
"Old woes new wail my dear time's waste" (line 4)
"Love's long" (line 7)
"Then can I drown an eye, unus'd to flow" (line 5)
this sonnet follows a
the meter of each line is iambic pentameter.
"Drown an eye" (line 5) acts as a metaphor for weeping
"woe to woe tell o'er" (line 10)
"fore-bemoaned moan" (line 11)
the repetition of vowel sounds.
"Love's long" (line 7)
The repetition of initial consonant sounds.
"Grieve at grievances" (line 9)
Elizabethan or Shakespearean sonnet
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A figure of speech which endows inanimate objects with human traits or abilities.
A comparison between twho objects with the intent of giving clearer meaning to one of them.
The sequence in which the rhyme occurs.
The recurrence of a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables
WHEN to the SESsions of SWEET SILent THOUGHT
I SUMmon up reMEMbrance of THINgs PAST. (lines 1-2)