Shakespeare's Sonnets

1. Obviously, the speakers in these two sonnets are in love, but what other emotions do you hear in their voices? Do you hear joy, sorrow, or something else?

Shakespeare sonnets 29 and 73

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The emotional state of the speaker in Sonnet 29 is one of depression: in the first line, he assumes himself to be "in disgrace with fortune," meaning he has been having bad luck. He also feels in disgrace with "men's eyes," implying that the general public looks on him unfavorably. This could be real or imagined, but it is enforced in line 2, when he bemoans his "outcast state." Here, "state" refers to a state of being, and in this case, he is cast out from society.


Sonnet 73 focuses on the narrator's own anxiety over growing old.