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September 28 1993 A Not-Too-Critical-Essay of Shakespeares Sonnet Number 126 Shakespeares sonnets as poems have been obscured by the enormous amount of speculation much of it unjustified that has grown up around the problems presented by the dedication The following sonnet is commonly grouped with 125 others that are believed to have been written to a much admired young man who was Shakespeares junior in both years and social status The form in which the poem is written is often referred to as Shakespearean or English form As in most of Shakespeares sonnets the argument proceeds by quatrains Each quatrain presents an idea in itself The poet in the first quatrain bewails his own lot in the second contrasts that lot with other mens in the third thinking of his beloved friend he rises like the lark that sings hymns at heavens gate and in the couplet his happiness is generalized in a final contrast To elaborate on what I have just said seems unnecessary but one must assume that ones audience is completely stupid thus the elaboration In the first line the poet speaks of himself as being out of luck andor money and not well received by his fellow man He has taken to crying about his social ostracism in line two In an attempt to clarify for himself why he is in such a state he troubles heaven with his bootless or useless cries But as the poet has made clear heaven turns a deaf ear and no response is forthcoming Again he becomes introspective and curses his fate This first quatrain has given us an image of a grown man down and out if you will who is accepting no responsibility for his lifes station By the second quatrain the poet has taken to wishing he were more hopeful He wants to be more popular with his peers and he desires the literary skill art and intellectual
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