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Analysis


Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

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. When you think about it, this is a pretty int...

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

Like 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 lines 1-2), but it can also make peopl...

Tough-o-Meter

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 "peace of you" ide...

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

There'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 in...
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