The Beauty Of Shakespeare's Sonnets Essay

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In today's society, not many books or songs describe the true value of human relationships. Most popular songs and books are all about partying and doing things that make us forget about morals. However, if you were to read some of Shakespeare's sonnets, you would find that human relationship's are very much valued.

By showing that friendship can mend a persons sorrows, that love could and should be immortalized, and that marriage between two individuals can be strong and true, Shakespeare's sonnets 55, 30, and 116 truly explain the real value of human relationships.


In most of Shakespeare's sonnets, he appears to write about his insecurities in relationships, or his own self-worth. However, in sonnet 55, Shakespeare expresses a tremendous amount of confidence in his relationship by showing how much he values their love. This statement says that until his judgment day, when they are lifted into heaven, they will live in this poem, and in the eyes who read it. This sonnet truly expresses the real meaning of friendship because he is telling his friends that he wants to keep their memory alive forever. According to Ox quarry books Ltd, “Sonnet 55 shares a theme with that of many others, which oppose the power to verse death and Times cruel knife, and promise immortality to the beloved.”

For example, in the two last stanza's of sonnet 55, Shakespeare states, “So till the judgment that yourself arise, You live in this, and dwell in lovers eyes” (Shakespeare). Shakespeare loves his sweetheart so dearly, he puts it in a poem, telling his beloved that when they pass on, their memory will live in his writing, and will be remembered by anyone who reads it. This shows how much Shakespeare valued his relationship and truly honored what they shared.

Another way Shakespeare's sonnet 55 shows the value of human relationships is that throughout the poem, he uses the word “live” a lot when referring to his beloved, and states that they will be immortal. “ The Romans say: Because of my poem, I will never die. Shakespeare says: Because of my poem you will never die...What distinguishes Shakespeare is that he values the identity of the beloved; he recognizes that the beloved has his own personal immortality...”(Martin, 158) Shakespeare would rather immortalize his beloved ones rather than himself by what he says in sonnet 55.

Shakespeare states that his beloved will be immortal when their time has come to leave this world, and that their memory will live on in his poems. In the fifth stanza, he addresses that not only natural forces but wars and battles cannot blot out his sonnets which are a “living record” of his beloved ones. Monuments and statues may be destroyed during war, but not these rhymes. By stating that even war cannot erase th memory of his friends, Shakespeare expresses the true value of friendship.

In sonnet 55, Shakespeare is telling his beloved that though time will end and ruin and destroy all things...

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