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Kain D.
11-28-2008, 06:00 PM
I'm questioning in which section of his life does Shakespeare describe within the following sonnet:

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoanèd moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.

Redzeppelin
12-16-2008, 11:37 PM
I'm questioning in which section of his life does Shakespeare describe within the following sonnet:

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoanèd moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.

Clearly the speaker has lived long enough to regret what he has lost - the sonnet speaks of someone past youth who has matured enough to not only lose people, but to realize the depth of his loss. My vote is for middle age.

xman
12-21-2008, 02:53 AM
I can't help but think about the death of Hamnet. That's my interpretation. He died in 1596. When Will wrote it? Sometime between 1592 and 1599 or so is when I think the Sonnets were written. Nearer Venus and Adonis is more likely for the sonnets in general. So Will is 28-35. That's middle aged for an Elizabethan.

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