Close Reading - Sonnet 71 Shakespeare Essay

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Sonnet 71

No longer mourn for me when I’m dead. Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell. Give warning to the world that I’m fled From this vile world, with vilest worms to dwell Nay, if you read this line, remember not The hand that writ it; for I love you so That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot If thinking on me then should make you woe Oh, if, I say, you look upon this verse When I perhaps compounded am with clay Do not so much as my poor name rehearse But let your love even with my life decay; Lest the wise world should look into your moan And mock you with me after I’m gone. William Shakespeare In the Sonnet 71, the speaker has a main purport of convincing his
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This unwillingness on the part of the lover can be understood by imagining the supernatural love they felt for each other, each one puts the other’s desire in first place and therefore often abdicates from their well being in order to the other reach full satisfaction. In the line 7 the speaker also suggests an end to the love of his lover for him “let your love even with my life decay” and from this excerpt we can analyze the simplicity with which the speaker talks about the end of his life as if it is a simple event that’s not going to affect anything in an attempt to make it easier for his lover to forget him. Finally, in the heroic couplet is the conclusion of this sonnet, where the speaker clarifies all his inducements for wishing to be forgotten: “Lest the wise world should look into your moan / And mock you with me after I’m gone” (lines 13-4). The speaker fears for the life of his lover after he dies; it shows some vulnerability on the part of the lover, perhaps it’s just the speaker’s overprotection or the fragility in the woman that is the cause of this concern coming from the speaker. These two last lines also suggests that the love was unwise, because the wise world would mock if they saw fragility and grief in the lover; referring back to the line 4, where the speaker calls the world vile we are able to notice the difference in opinions between ‘vile world’ and ‘wise world’ that happens

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