Sonnet 29 Summary

  • Last updated on March 25, 2021
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name Sonnet 29
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image caption Sonnet 29's first two lines, from the 1609 quarto
author William Shakespeare
country England
language English language
genre(s) Sonnet
release date 1609
Sonnet 29 is one of the 154 sonnets written by William Shakespeare. Sonnet 29 was written in 1609 and centers on themes of jealousy, worry about poor fortune, and love.

Sonnet

When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,

And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,

And look upon myself and curse my fate,

Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,

Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,

Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,

With what I most enjoy contented least;

Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,

Haply I think on thee, and then my state,

(Like to the lark at break of day arising

From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate;

For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings

That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

 

Summary

The poet begins the sonnet by discussing their state as an outcast, which makes them terribly unhappy. They are so unhappy they have been crying out to Heaven for help, but get no relief from their situation. The poet curses whatever cruel fate has gotten them into this life.

The poet wishes desperately for a change in their fortune, desiring to be someone else. They almost hate themselves for this desire, though.

However, when the poet remembers the person that they love, they feel so happy that they wouldn't wish to be another person, even a king.

 

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