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Sonnet 147

Sonnet 147


by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 147: Paging Dr. Shakespeare Quiz

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Q. The speaker of Sonnet 147 compares his "love" to what?

bubonic plague
a mild headache
Q. The speaker's "sickly appetite" is almost certainly a metaphor for what?

it's not a metaphor—the dude has totally lost his appetite
his desire to write poetry 24/7
his unhealthy sexual desires
his allergy to peanuts
Q. What does the speaker mean when he says "desire is death"?

he feels like his passion is unhealthy, and he might have an STD
desire prevents him from praying
he's being ironic
he means that he has a fatal disease
Q. The speaker compares his ability to reason to what medical professional?

a chiropractor
a nurse
a physician
a midwife
Q. What evidence does the speaker offer that he's gone "mad"?

he fooled himself into thinking his beloved was a good person when it's obvious she's not
he can't remember the rhyme scheme of a typical sonnet
he never remembers to take his medication
he's been locked up in an asylum