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Transcript of Sonnet 147
When sexually attracted to someone all reason may leave the mind
Love is destructive. Love is like a disease that can only be cured with death. Unrequite love, truth, and deciet. Line 13-14 The speaker had believed the woman to be good, "fair" and "bright", but realizes that she is not what he believed to be. She was as he said, "black as hell" and "dark as night". Line 5-8 Line 9-12 "Past cure I am, now reason is past cure...My thought's... madmen's are..."The poet describes how he no longer is in his rational state of mind, with no control over his actions and has completly lost all of his reason and his mind. Line 1-4 Metaphors: "My love is a fever"
The poet compares his love to a fever. He uses this comparison to give a negative connotation towards what he loves. Simile "For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright,
Who art as black, as dark as night"
"My thoughts and my discourse as madmen's are" Personification His reason is a doctor.
"My reason the physician to my love,..Angry... Hath left me,..."
Love has fever like qualities
"My love is as a fire, longing nurseth... feeding...unsickly appetite to please.." The poet personifies his reason as a physician, the doctor of his "disease". "Angry that his prescriptions are not kept, Hath left me..." saying that reason has him because the poets desire over cames his reason and it cannot do anything more to save him from the despair of loving the mistress. The desire he feels for the woman is almost like dieing because it only continues to worsen. The speaker states this his love towards the mistress had resulted in negative effects because it is the sole cause for his disease. "My love is as a fever...which longer nurseth the disease; feeding on that which doth perserve the ill..." It is the speakers' love for the mistress that is what thrives his disease and prevents it from healing because it feeds on what helps perserve his health. "My reason, the physician to my love"
The poet compares his voice of reason (his consiouse self), to a doctor that could cure his "disease". Also links common sense to the Physician. 1 My love is as a fever, longing still
For that which longer nurseth the disease,
3 Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill,
The uncertain sickly appetite to please.
5 My reason, the physician to my love,
Angry that his prescriptions are not kept,
7 Hath left me, and I desperate now approve
Desire is death, which physic did except.
9 Past cure I am, now reason is past care,
And frantic-mad with evermore unrest;
11 My thoughts and my discourse as madmen's are,
At random from the truth vainly express'd;
13 For I have sworn thee fair and thought thee bright,
Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.