Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sonnet 30 - William Shakespeare

It's time for another Shakespeare sonnet.  :)  I enjoy looking at the imagery in this one because it is so technical -- using judicial and especially financial words and metaphors -- and yet explores a topic which one would expect to be more emotional (sadness of life and the solace a friend provides).  Thus the poet expresses himself uniquely and cleverly.  Look how many financial words he uses here -- canceled, expense, tell over (add/count up), account, pay/paid, as well as other words which can have financial connotations in context, such as loss and waste. 

Sonnet 30

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancelled woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanished sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.

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