Shakespeare Sonnet I


A sonnet is (from

sonnet  (ˈsɒnɪt) — n1.a verse form of Italian origin consisting of 14 lines in iambicpentameter with rhymes arranged according to a fixed scheme,usually divided either into octave and sestet or, in the Englishform, into three quatrains and a couplet


I wanted to start with my interpretation of the first of Shakespeare’s sonnets, but I have read it over and over about ten times, and I haven’t the slightest idea as to what it means.

At first, I thought it was about beauty and vanity.  But as I kept on reading, I then thought that maybe it’s about jealousy and selfishness.


“Feed’st thy light’s flame with self-substantial fuel,

Making a famine where abundance lies.”

To me, that comes across as someone being rather greedy…  I could be wrong, but that’s how I read it.  I am going to keep reading it, see if there is something else that jumps out at me.  So far, it’s slow going.  But I did realize a couple of things!  I am going to learn a lot about poetry and Shakespeare this month, and it’s going to be a tougher subject to tackle than originally thought.




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