William Shakespeare



Sonnet 12
This poem is about time and how everything eventually dies. Shakespeare talks of things that fade in time and that the only thing to keep death away is to have a child.
Sonnet 18
Probably Shakespeare’s most famous poem, again it is about the effects of time. He compares someone to summertime and explains how this person is more beautiful.
He ends the poem by saying that death won’t be able to brag that the person is dead as long as the poem exists and there are people to read it.
Sonnet 23
Here, the speaker explains that sometimes being too full of love and passion can make it impossible to express these feelings. The speaker ends the poem by begging the person he is addressing to learn to read love with eyes rather than just ears.
Sonnet 29
The speaker here talks about how, when very very unhappy with life, he can think of the person he loves and then is ecstatically happy.
Sonnet 30
This sonnet is quite similar to Sonnet 29. The speaker says that he is sometimes unhappy about how life is; about how thins have not happened as to plan and how some people he loves are dead. BUt then, when he thinks of the person he loves, everything is alright.
Sonnet 60
Similarly to 18, Shakespeare here writes about how time will move on and things will change but that his poetry will last forever.
Sonnet 65
Once again, Shakespeare writes a poem about time and how all things decay and die in time. Here, the speaker asks how can beauty, “time’s best jewel”, last? The poem ends with the hope that his love may be seen forever in this poem.
Sonnet 66
Shakespeare writes in this poem about how he would love to die, escaping the terrible things in the world. He ends the poem by saying he would be happy to die but that he would be leaving the person he loves.
Sonnet 73
A poem about old age, this sonnet explains how Shakespeare is getting old, a fact which makes the person who loves him love him all the more since he wil be dead and gone before long.
Sonnet 94
This poem considers the right way to live. He writes towards the end of the poem that “sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds”.
Sonnet 116
A poem about the power of love. It doesn’t chage when life changes or tiem takes its toll.
Fear No More The Heat Of The Sun.
A poem taken from Shakespeare’s play “Cymbeline”, it takes the form of a song sang by two brothers who, thinking their sister to be dead, sing about death and how those who are dead cannot be touched by the world’s difficulties any more.

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