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Sonnet 94
Sonnet 94
by William Shakespeare


We’ve got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you’ll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)

(8) Snow Line

Sure, the actual words ol' Shakey uses here don't seem all that confusing. But you can read this poem in about eleventy billion different ways, so that's why we're bumping up the difficulty here.

Is he praising powerful people or blaming them? It isn't easy to say. We at Shmoop certainly can't give you all the answers (we don't know them ourselves). We'd even be willing to bet that Shakespeare felt pretty conflicted about these problems, too. What we can do is show you where the main problems lie, to help you come to your own understanding of what the poem is communicating.

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