Sonne 29

Sonnet 29

The deep sorrow of the speaker in Sonnet 29 is felt throughout, except at the end of, the poem.   He is brooding about his misfortune and his lack of good reputation. Feeling condemned and alone, he grieves the social rejection, and finds that, in his misery, even divine beings appear unyielding and will not hear his prayers.   He examined himself, and filled with jealousy, he swore at his fate—he compared himself to, and wished he were, someone who is hopeful, someone who is attractive, and someone who is popular.   He also yearned to have the skills other men have and to have other men’s reason for existence.   In this miserable state, he finds that even the things he enjoyed most does not satisfy him anymore.   And, almost hating himself in this distress, his spirits are lifted by the thought of a loved one.   The speaker then compares this uplifted feeling to that of a soaring bird that sings praises to the heavens—as if the mere thought of his loved one eased his agony, that this thought gives him the promise of a brand new day and exulted him.   He reveled in this thought, and enjoyed the feelings it brought: it gave him a feeling of contentment with which, he dared not wish to trade places, not even with a king.

Sonnet 29: A Glorification of Love
In reading poems such as Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29, the perception that poetry has the ability to provoke emotions is undeniable.   Sonnet 29 is a poem about the speaker’s staged descent and ascent from compounded feelings of dejection and self-pity to the highest feeling of exhilaration.   This transformation is evident in the speaker’s expression of disconsolation, jealousy and self-loathe that shifted to a feeling of bliss and euphoria at the mere thought of a loved one—a movement that changed his mindset and gave him a sense of fulfillment.
The sense of fulfillment achieved is in stark contrast with the hopelessness he felt that caused him profound misery.   This feeling is plain in the first...