AP English Literature
March 27, 2014
Sonnet 6 Explication
Caring Between Parents and Children
Parents and their children create a certain aspect of love that is special to them. This caring part of love is so powerful that it continues after death. An adult needs to have children before that adult can feel this love. Shakespeare’s Sonnet 6 encourages people to have children so they can feel the caring aspect of love that can last after death.
This poem encourages people to save their money for their children by stating, “That use is not forbidden usury, which happies those that pay the willing loan; that’s for thy self to breed another thee” (5-7). This statement suggests that people should not try to gain as much money as they can and spend it on themselves being selfish while they do this. They should save it for their child. It goes on to explain that people who would have children and save their money for their children will end up happier because they would feel this love. It says, “Or ten times happier be it ten for one, ten times thy self were happier than thou art” (8-9). This suggests that if one would have children that person will be ten times happier than if he or she would not.
If people follow these suggestions the love between a parent and their child will grow. The sonnet references death when stating, “Then what could death do if thou shouldst depart” (11). This suggests that the love will last even after the parent dies. It questions what death will do because love can keep death from separating a child from its parent. The parent cares for the child which, in return, makes the child care for his or her parent. This is the love that death cannot separate.
Another suggestion is stated when the poem says, “Be not self-willed for thou art much too fair, to be death’s conquest and make worms of thine heir” (13-14). This suggests that the speaker encourages people to have children because people are too beautiful to just have their bodies go to waste. This suggestion is directed at those who do not have children when they can. It suggests that if someone who is able does not have a child and dies, they are death’s conquest. Death would win because there is no love between the parent...