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Quotes

Quote #1

Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes
That they behold and see not what they see? (1-2)

The way the speaker spits out his words at the beginning of this sonnet makes his anger at the god of Love clear. This might make you think that he plans to get Revenge on the god of Love. And yet, would this even be possible? Can someone get revenge on a god? We’ll have to keep reading the poem to see what the speaker’s desire for payback amounts to.

Quote #2

They know what beauty is, see where it lies,
Yet what the best is take the worst to be. (3-4)

Uh-oh. It looks like somebody didn’t treat the speaker very well. We can tell this as the speaker starts to pull back the curtain a little bit and reveal what Love has deceived him about: his lover. Even though his eyes make it seem as if she is the "best" in the world, she really is the "worst." Could the speaker actually be trying to get revenge on her?

Quote #3

If eyes, corrupt by over-partial looks,
Be anchored in the bay where all men ride (5-6)

Oh yeah, now he’s gone and done it. The speaker’s lady-friend certainly isn’t going to like this. The extreme obscenity and disgustingness of the way the speaker portrays the lady’s sex-life definitely makes it look like writing this poem is an act of revenge.

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