Friday Poetry – Sonnet XXIX – Have you found yours?

1603Clare and Tom289

I remember being in an acting class and the teacher handing out Shakespearean sonnets. She had a whole stack of them and said: “Who has a lover far away? Who has been rejected in love? Who hasn’t found love? Who has unrequited love?”

And she handed them out accordingly.

I took this one because I had chosen it as “my” sonnet a while ago. Basically, it says that if you are down in the dumps and think of the one you love, it changes your whole outlook.

Sonnet XXIX: When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes


When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,

I all alone beweep my outcast state,

And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,

And look upon myself and curse my fate,

Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,

Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,

Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,

With what I most enjoy contented least;

Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,

Haply I think on thee, and then my state,

(Like to the lark at break of day arising

From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate;

For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings

That then I scorn to change my state with kings.


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