Some Of Shakespeare's Sonnets With Explaination!

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Sonnet 14:Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck;And yet methinks I have Astronomy,But not to tell of good or evil luck,Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons' quality;Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,Pointing to each his thunder, rain and wind,Or say with princes if it shall go wellBy oft predict that I in heaven find:But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,And, constant stars, in them I read such artAs truth and beauty shall together thrive,If from thyself, to store thou wouldst convert;Or else of thee this I prognosticate:Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.Doesn't get his knowledge from the stars, but he has astrological knowledge anyway. He's getting the knowledge from his lovers eyes. (Dearth- lack of, little, famish). Doesn't use his knowledge to tell the future, not an advisor to the King or Queen. Uses his lovers eyes as a constant start, something that he can always follow, like a navigator. If she doesn't have kids, truth and beauty will be gone, sleep with me or beauty will be lost.Sonnet 15:When I consider every thing that growsHolds in perfection but a little moment,That this huge stage presenteth nought but showsWhereon the stars in secret influence comment;When I perceive that men as plants increase,Cheered and checked even by the self-same sky,Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,And wear their brave state out of memory;Then the conceit of this inconstant staySets you most rich in youth before my sight,Where wasteful Time debateth with decayTo change your day of youth to sullied night,And all in war with Time for love of you,As he takes from you, I engraft you new.People are like plants. We are no better and we die just as quickly. You can have love, children, or write it in a poem to live longer. Love and Art can overcome decay and death.Sonnet 18:Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?Thou are more lovely and more temperateRough winds do shake the darling buds of May,And summer's lease hath all too short a date;Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shinesAnd often is his gold complexion dimm'd;And every fair from fair often declines,By chance, or nature's changing course untrimm'd:But thy eternal summer shall not fade,Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,Nor shall Death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,So long lives this and gives life to thee.Everything that is beautiful changes over time. Sonnet asks if he shall compare her to a summers day and then responds that she is far more lovely (Summer is short and its beauty fades, he beauty will live forever in his poem). Then makes comparisons of the two, summer and his lady. The lady, through this poem, will be memorialized through time. Line 11 personifies death with the word "shade", as she is defeating death through the lines of the poem, which live forever.Sonnet 19:Devouing Time, blunt thou lions paws,And make the earth devour her own sweet brood:Pluck the...

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