Poetry analysis of “When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes”
William Shakespeare penned down his most touching 29th sonnet, entitled, “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”. This sonnet holds the subject matter of love. More particularly, this poem praises love. In the first quatrain, the author is in a state of melancholy and is treated as an outcast. In the second quatrain, he desires to be someone “with friends possessed”. But his love keeps him pushing forward. He wouldn’t change his state with kings if it requires giving up his love, talks highly and praises love. The purpose of "When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes" is that genuine love for is the antidote for all problems. This genuine love should not go unappreciated because, in truth, it is the most priceless possession anyone can obtain. The young man, the narrator of this poem, says to us that we should not give up our love no matter what. The narrator writes “That then I scorn to change my state with kings” if it involves giving his love up. This love also is the sole thing that makes the author going on even if he had hit the “rock bottom”. At times when everything is gone, love is our only motivating spirit. This is the purpose of the 29th sonnet. Emotion is also used in “When in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes”. The author speaks to us deeply, sharing his depression in the beginning. His tone is sad, depressing, and deep. We can almost picture a man with his head down and tears pouring from his eyes. He is so depressed and upset, for he wishes he were something more, or someone else. As he begins to speak of changing his ways, his tone is still deep and meaningful. This makes us take the poem seriously, instead of just reading along. He wants us to understand that being depressed and angry and being who you are, is not a happy state, and we should not be jealous of others but rather be pleased with who we are. The basic structure of the sonnet is fourteen lines with an...
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