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A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 50: ‘How heavy do I journey on the way’

A summary of Shakespeare’s 50th sonnet

And so we come to the 50th sonnet in Shakespeare’s sequence of 154 sonnets. In this poem, Shakespeare describes a journey on horseback in which he travels away from his beloved. 793 more words

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A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 49: ‘Against that time, if ever that time come’

A summary of Shakespeare’s 49th sonnet

‘Against that time’: these three words begin the first, fifth, and ninth lines of Shakespeare’s 49th sonnet – each of the poem’s three quatrains, in other words. 499 more words

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A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 48: ‘How careful was I when I took my way’

A summary of Shakespeare’s 48th Sonnet

‘How careful was I when I took my way’ opens up a series of what Don Paterson calls ‘pessimistic sonnets’. 705 more words

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A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 47: ‘Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took’

A summary of Shakespeare’s 47th sonnet

‘Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took’: in Sonnet 47, Shakespeare concludes his pair of sonnets about the ‘war’ between his eye and his heart, that had been… 497 more words

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A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 46: ‘Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war’

A summary of Shakespeare’s 46th sonnet

Shakespeare and the number 46 have a curious relationship. The theory that the Bard translated the 46th Psalm in the King James Version of the Bible (because Shakespeare would have been 46 when work on the translation was nearing its completion, and the 46th word of the psalm is ‘shake’, and the 46th word from the end is ‘spear’) persists; but what about his 46th sonnet? 515 more words

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A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 45: ‘The other two, slight air and purging fire’

A summary of Shakespeare’s 45th sonnet

As the opening line of this poem, ‘The other two, slight air and purging fire’, makes clear, Sonnet 45 is very much the companion-piece to… 651 more words

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A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 44: ‘If the dull substance of my flesh were thought’

A summary of Shakespeare’s 44th sonnet

‘If the dull substance of my flesh were thought, / Injurious distance should not stop my way’: yes, sonnet 44 in Shakespeare’s Sonnets is another poem about the long-distance love… 594 more words

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