When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, When I've fallen out of favor with fortune and men, I all alone beweep my outcast state All alone I weep over my position as a social outcast, And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, And pray to heaven, but my cries go unheard, And look upon myself and curse my fate, And I look at myself, cursing my fate, Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, Wishing I were like one who had more hope, Featured like him, like him with friends possess'd, Wishing I looked like him; wishing I were surrounded by friends, Desiring this man's art and that man's scope, Wishing I had this man's skill and that man's freedom.
The first eight lines are full of self-pity and negative impressions, whilst the final six lines are all about the positives sweet love brings that help drive despondency away.
There are several interesting differences in this sonnet - the metre meter in USA changes from the usual iambic pentameter several times, there are rare feminine endings to some lines and certain rhymes repeat.
So, an unusual Shakespearean sonnet, with profound insights into the emotional turmoil a human can experience when in love. As to who Shakespeare was in love with is a moot point.
Suffice to say that the sonnets represent a magnificent, complex body of work and stand alone in the landscape of poetry, a world wonder. Sonnet 29 speaks to all those who have felt that they are worthless or overshadowed by others they deem to be superior but who can overcome dark feelings by thinking of someone they love, who loves them in return.
You can see this original below, together with a modern version. Please note that there are many variations on different websites - I have chosen one which is closest to the original. NB The first line of the original does not have a comma after the opening word When - but many variations online are published with a comma, which alters the reading and scanning of the line.
Sonnet 29 Sonnet 29 Source Reading Sonnet 29 This version of the sonnet needs an extra special approach from the reader because it is essentially one long sentence split into smaller clauses.
Only line 11 runs on into the next line, the rest of the lines have commas which allow the reader time to pause. And watch out for lines 6,7 and 10 which have extra commas, and be aware of the natural caesura between earth and sings in line Critical Summary of Sonnet 29 In a nutshell, a depressed loser somehow finds joy and meaning in the sweetness of love.
Life is worth living after all. This existential crisis is deep however; the speaker is full of self-accusation and inner turmoil. Out in the public sphere he knows the males are taking note of his angst and his self-loathing is even having an effect on Fortune - this guy is way down on his luck.
What a sob story. The association here is with the old testament Job, who cursed God for his misfortune and lived in misery.
No one would listen to his pleas for help and understanding. Heaven hears not his bootless useless cries. He feels cursed, destiny has been cruel to him. He spends time alone, perhaps staring into a mirror, and so develops deep negative feelings about the world.
His emotional instability - note the trochees in lines five and six - means that his envy of those more hopeful, skilful and with broader social connections only worsens matters.
Note the this and that antithetical stance in line seven, suggesting that the speaker is in danger of tearing himself apart. Historically it could have been an uncertain time for William Shakespeare. If this sonnet was written around then the playwright and poet may well have been feeling a bit down.
The plague outbreak had caused all theatres to close down, so he would have been unable to perform his plays. Namely, one William Shakespeare from rural Stratford-on-Avon. Thankfully, redemption is at hand.
Haply means by chance, or by accident, or perhaps. And it so happens that the speaker is thinking of his love and all at once the world seems a brighter place. His state alters, he likens the feeling to a lark rising in song a popular simile with Shakespeare ; an almost religious outpouring.
Such is the optimism and inspiration gained from this memory that the speaker now feels rich, wealthier than a king, better off in all respects. Rhyme Scheme The rhyme scheme abab cdcd ebeb ff is slightly different to the traditional abab cdcd efef gg - which points to the author wanting to place emphasis on contrasting lines with the same rhyme.
Note the closeness of lines 9 and 11 with 13 and 14 - helping to tighten the latter part of the sonnet: Sonnet 29 does have a basic iambic pentameter rhythm, that is, each line is made up of five unstressed and five stressed syllables, making a total of ten syllables per line.
But there are some exceptions, notably lines 3,5,6,9,10 and Starting with the first line: And look upon myself and curse my fate, but line 5 disrupts the status quo again: Line 10 is different again: Haply I think on thee, and then my state, a trochee starts the line which reverts back to iambic.
Meanwhile line 11 is the sister to line 9: Like to the lark at break of day arising whilst lines are regular iambic pentameter:When I’m in disgrace with everyone and my luck has deserted me, I sit all alone and cry about the fact that I’m an outcast, and bother God with useless cries, which fall on deaf ears, and look at myself and curse my fate, wishing that I had more to hope for, wishing I had this man’s good looks and that man’s friends, this man’s skills and that man’s opportunities, and totally.
Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare. Home / Poetry / Sonnet 29 / Analysis / Form and Meter ; Elizabethan Sonnet (a.k.a.
Shakespearean Sonnet) For an example, check out line 1: When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes (Brain Snack: Sonnet is the exception to this rule. Syntax—The syntax of a sonnet refers to its sentence structure.
Sonnet 29, by William Shakespeare When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state, And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, And look upon myself and curse my fate. In Shakespeare's Sonnet 29, "When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes," the author (who could be any man, not necessarily Shakespeare) starts the sonnet by speaking of his life.
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