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From the start it is not difficult to figure out what the subject of the poem is about However unlike Dickinsons Theres a certain Slant of Light which seemingly starts out upbeat and ends in an opposite fashion this poem starts out dark and dreary and ends quite optimistically Even though the poem starts out with a seemingly dark tone it ends in an uplifting message That message in a nutshell is simply count your blessings The first hint of the mans condition besides the title of the poem is in the second and third lines where he says I all alone beweep my outcast state And I trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries These two lines would lead one to initially think that the man portrayed in the poem is a less fortunate individual The statement bootless cries implies that the man is very poor homeless or perhaps both In the third line where Shakespeare states and I trouble deaf heaven gives the image that the mans prayers have gone unanswered and that the man could possibly be religious This could be a bit misleading though because in hard times a lot of people pray even though they may not be particularly religious In the next few lines Shakespeare states Wishing me like to one more rich in hope Featured like him like him with friends possessed which paints a picture of a man standing outside a window looking in at a group of people Perhaps these people are well off and are having a party or something of that nature The man is looking in the window wishing to be like the man who seems more financially secure and owns many possessions and has many friends Shakespeare goes on to name things the well off man owns such as his art and his scope Suddenly the poem takes a different direction in the opposite way and takes a more optimistic tone
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