Shakespeare's Sonnet 125 - review.

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Paul Christopher Murphy

ENGL 2342

Essay I

July 9, 2004

Essay I

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 125

So are you to my thoughts as food to life,

Or as sweet-season’d showers are to the ground;

And for the peace of you I hold such strife

As ‘twixt a miser and his wealth is found;

Now proud as an enjoyer and anon

Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure,

Now counting best to be with you alone,

Then better’d that the world may see my pleasure;

Sometime all full with feasting on your sight

And by and by clean starved for a look;

Possessing or pursuing no delight,

Save what is had or must from you be took.

Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day,

Or gluttoning on all, or all away.

William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 125 is written in the traditional Elizabethan form. It consists of 14 lines and can be divided into two parts: the first section comprises line one to 12; it includes only alternate rhymes (the rhyme scheme here is ababcdcdefefgg). In this main part the theme is introduced and explained. The last two lines make up the rhyming couplet, its content sums up the sonnet’s main topics.

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Sonnet 125 is addressed to the handsome youth. This is not directly evident from the text, because the text would also be suitable for the dark lady, but since we learnt that Sonnets 1 to 126 are addressed to the handsome youth, I suppose that this one is as well.

In his work, Shakespeare directly addresses to the person of his interest. He calls him "you" instead of "thee", "thy" or "thou" which reveals his respect for the handsome youth.

In the first two lines Shakespeare expresses the importance of the handsome youth for himself, by comparing him ...

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