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Sonnet 75
Sonnet 75
by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 75 Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

A Sonnet So Good, They Named it After Him Let's start with the meaning of the word "sonnet." The most basic thing you need to know about the sonnet form is that it refers to a poem in 14 lines. Whe...

Speaker

The speaker of this poem seems to have a pretty negative view of love and life. You could also say that he has a sort of negative attitude towards the reader, because he likes springing nasty surpr...

Setting

It's no accident that Sonnet 75 begins with a reference to "my thoughts": this poem basically takes place inside its speaker's head. Thus, in a certain sense, the poem doesn't have a setting, becau...

Sound Check

When you read a sonnet, the rhythm is gonna get you. By that, we mean that the use of iambic pentameter will lull you into an expected pace of language as a reader. Our man Big Willy knows this, an...

What's Up With the Title?

Technically speaking, Shakespeare's Sonnet 75 doesn't have a title. We just know it by its numbered position in a series. As for the title of the book it comes from, it's somewhat unusual as well:...

Calling Card

Lots of Ideas, Cynicism, Sonnet FormLike many of Shakespeare's sonnets, Sonnet 75 has a pretty ambivalent view of love. Like, sure, it brings happiness (as you can see in the pleasant imagery of li...

Tough-o-Meter

(4) Base Camp Forsooth! The trickiest think about Sonnet 75 is its language. There are some weird words like "'twixt" and "pine," and "surfeit." There's also some weird grammar, like the whole "pea...

Trivia

As we mention elsewhere in this module, most scholars agree that Sonnets 1-126 of Shakespeare's 154-sonnet sequence are addressed to a young man. Nobody knows who this young man is, exactly, but ma...

Steaminess Rating

PGThere's no explicit sex in Shakespeare's Sonnet 75. In fact, there isn't really any sex at all… unless you want to get a bit creative in your interpretation, that is. How would such a creative...

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