Sonnet 137 Lies and Deceit Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Why should my heart think that a several plotWhich my heart knows the wide world’s common place? (9-10)
In line 9, however, a shift occurs—one that will continue echoing for the rest of the poem. From now on, the speaker doesn’t say anything about the god of Love being behind the deception. In these lines, he blames his "heart" for the deception.
Or mine eyes, seeing this, say this is not,To put fair truth upon so foul a face? (11-12)
Now, he turns the focus back to his "eyes"—the same figures he blamed for deceiving him at the beginning of the poem. This time around, however, in keeping with the changed focus of the second half of the poem, the speaker doesn’t accuse the god of Love of being behind his eyes' deception. Does this mean that he has gotten rid of the self-deception that Love was behind it all? Or is he deceiving himself now by thinking that his heart and his eyes acted alone?
In things right true my heart and eyes have erred,And to this false plague are they now transferred. (13-14)
The same question from the previous quotation applies here. Now that the speaker is just blaming his "heart and eyes," has he freed himself of the self-deception that Love is behind it all? Or is he deceiving himself now? That is to say, is Love still behind everything, even if the speaker is pretending that he’s not?