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Sonnet 71LXXI expresses bitterness self-pity disillusionment and cynicism of love and love pursued in vain Shakespeares predicament is not a new one anyone who has experienced life can relate but there is no dignity in his words Sonnet 138 CXXXVIII expresses none of the previous judgements on love but instead expresses a more grounded less tormented view Still cynical of the romantics view of love but to its reality it is calm even celebratory With further understanding of the writer it becomes clear that this is a progression From the pain of unrequited love to the embrace of the significance of a real down-to-earth loving relationship Unrequited love in this first sonnet LXXI is apparent in both overview and in specific parts This overview expresses an anxiety formed from this love not received With his reference to being with the worms and later in the earth he tries to persuade that his love rots there too His love neigh had a chance to be given only recorded in this sonnet a sonnet whose writers name shall not be rehearsed This leads to a disillusionment of love as a concept The disillusionment is perhaps the first of these negative feelings encompassed best in the first six lines First the reader is asked not to mourn Shakespeares passing anymore than the reader would have the opportunity to hear the surly sullen bell Here Shakespeare states that the intentioned reader would not attend his funeral thus miss hearing the church bells toll The fifth and sixth lines go further asking not only for no mourning but no memory of his name This request in its self is unrealistic and is designed to add to
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