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This sonnet demonstrates Shakespeares great ability of playing with words According to him a person is tongue-tied when he has either too much or too little to say He illustrates his idea by giving an example of an unperfect actor who forgets his lines on stage and more curiously some fierce thing whose heart is weakened by the weight of his own strength This use of paradox adds intensity to the sonnet and lays the foundation for the following quatrain The first quatrain is like the silence before a storm the way it is presented suggests that there is more to comeThe actor and the beast are summoned to serve only as analogues to Shakespeares double-edged analytical presentation in quatrain 2 of loves agonized lack of wordsSo I for fear of trust forget to sayThe perfect ceremony of loves riteAnd in mine own loves strength seem to decayOercharged with burden of mine own loves mightThe persona here compares him to the characters beckoned in Q1 In a passage such as this the distance between the composing author and the fictive speaker almost vanishes as it is very easy to imagine that Shakespeare a master of expression would tell himself that a perfect ceremony of love could be invented Another aspect worthy of note is the way the phrase mine own loves has been used repeatedly in line 7 the persona speaks of the decay of his love and in the very next line he speaks of its strength This double stranglehold is an extremely interesting case and is beautifully expressed hereThe first and second quatrains can be coupled together as they basically portray the same idea The sonnet therefore can be divided into two parts instead of four An octet followed by a sestet While the octet speaks of the personas tongue-tiedness the sestet is a plea to his beloved to understand the depth of his love O let my books be then the eloquence
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