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While known as a playwright Shakespeare also composed sonnets well worth their own fame His collection Sonnets published in 1609 contains 154 sonnets in total almost exclusively about love With these articulate poems Shakespeare formed a new sonnet form the Shakespearean sonnet having fourteen lines of iambic pentameter divided into three quatrains and a couplet and having the rhyme scheme ababcdcdefefgg In Sonnet 29 Shakespeare writes about a narrator perhaps himself perhaps some other man who at first feels depressed and unlucky then becomes uplifted by the love that he shares with a woman In the first quatrain of Sonnet 29 the narrator speaks of the pity that he feels for himself and his unlucky state He feels that Fortune 1 does not favor him and that mankind symbolized by mens eyes 1 looks down upon him He feels all alone he cries and vainly asks for help from deaf heaven 3 a spondee signifying that even heaven and God will not help him Extremely depressed he can do nothing else but feel sorry for himself The next quatrain describes how the narrator wishes he had the privileges that other men have He wishes that he were more rich in hope 5 more handsome more popular more skilled as a writer and more powerful Then he reiterates his sorrow by stating what I most enjoy is contented least 8 meaning that he has the least of what he wants the most Shakespeare uses much parallelism in this quatrain to emphasize the multitude of traits the narrator wishes he possessed and the unhappiness of his present state The third quatrain brings the turn of the sonnet The contrast word Yet signifies a change of tone The narrator suddenly thinks of his beloved woman and recants his self-pitying thoughts His state is now like to the lark 11 a simile with alliteration that accentuates his new happiness His condition is also at the break of day arising
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