Shakespeare Love Sonnets

China Taylor
Ms. Heather Dragoo
English 402A: British Literature
25 November 2013
Shakespeare Sonnets: Love, Friendship, and Marriage

  * Most of what we look for today in our romantic relationships comes from the writings of Shakespeare with stories and characters he would create. “In the sonnets, 1-126, we see a growing friendship with the young man and the development of an intensity of feeling”(NSS). So we understand his sonnets as a true story of the evolution of love as he was going through it. But, throughout his sonnets 30, 55, and 116 we see his most apparent examples of love, friendship and marriage most present. In these sonnets we see the true dependence and faith we put into the ones we love. Shakespeare shows much compassion and devotion such as love, friendship, and marriage through the ideas of long lasting life and the strength of a bond between two people.
  * Shakespeare’s sonnet 30 is about a tribute to a friend or lover. He’s saying that when he has these moments of himself in deep thought he remembers how much of his dreams he hasn’t achieved or accomplished. He’s upset that he has friends that had dreams and goals and never had the chance to reach them because of their deaths. He wishes he had their physical and spiritual support to be there for him. In the analysis they rephrase Shakespeare saying, “But if I think of you while I am in this state of sadness, dear friend.”(Mabillard) He’s saying that while he thinks of this “dear friend” in sadness that the life of his friend is as great, if not greater, than the sum of anything the poet has been looking for in his life. Although Shakespeare never directly gives this friend a name or explains the relationship they have, he gives us the power to interpret and understand the poem in any way we can. This poem can speak to anyone because, sadly, it truly takes the loss of someone or something to realize how much it really meant to you. There is line where Shakespeare says “And with old...