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William Shakespeares Sonnet 107 Nowadays William Shakespeare is renown as one of the worlds greatest and most prolific dramatists of all timesBoth tragedies such as Romeo and Juliet Hamlet Anthony and Cleopatra and light-hearted comedies like The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Nights Dream are still box-office successes in theatres all around the globeYet besides being a playwright Shakespeare has also exercised his complex literary talents in poetry appreciated in this domain especially due to his sonnets The sonnets written by Shakespeare generally follow the path opened by Petrarch in this literary genre two centuries beforeThese are actually poem forms consisting of 14 lines each with 10 stressed and unstressed syllables known as iambic pentameter with a set rhyme scheme of a b a b c d c d e f e f g g The rhymes may be ear-rhymes or eye-rhymes an ear-rhyme is one that rhymes in sound eg soul and control an eye-rhyme is one that rhymes by sight eg presage and age Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets all addressed directly to certain implicit readers-a young friendhis patron a rival poet and a dark mistressThere have been numerous controversies in todays literary critique regarding the exact identities of the sonnets subjects Among the most recurrent themes are beauty love witt nobility but also doom fallibility and separationThus Shakespeare doesnt deal solely with the pleasant aspects of life but also exploits the flaws and downfalls of humanityThese very general themes are exploited in an extremely personal contextThis correlation between the authors personal micro-universe and the macro-universe also appears in Sonnet 107 in which the poet seems to suggest a demise in his relationship with his patron Not mine own fears nor the prophetic soul Of the wide world dreaming on things to come Can yet the lease of my true love control Supposed as forfeit to a confined doom The mortal Moon hath her eclipse indured And the sad
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