"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 possess’d, 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 remember’d such wealth brings That then I scorn to change my state with kings.”-Shakespeare
Just had my english class. I had to present a Shakespeare sonnet and discuss what the meaning behind it. Can I just say I hate presenting anything to any group of people. I feel sick to my stomach, my hands shake and in my head my voice sounds like it’s trembling. The thing is no one else probably even notices any of this but I’m still nervous any time I have to present something.
Which sonnet did I choose? That would be Sonnet 29. What I like about this sonnet is that it is saying to not worry about the objects or skills of other people but that love can make you feel just as wealthy as those things. I also love the fact that Shakespeare compares the lifting of his spirits by the thought of his lover to the flight and singing of a lark at daybreak.