Sonnet 30

Misfortune and failure is something we all experience. Painful memories and trials can be reminders of out downfalls and shortcomings. These feelings can mean many things; and this sonnet is clearly about the failures and losses of a young man. To many, the exact cause is unknown, but it is clear that he is clearly about legal or financial loss (923).
This sonnet is about financial or legal troubles because of its word use. Sessions, summon, and call forth are bold words in this quatrain. They represent actions in a courtroom, and the legal system itself. The speaker could have had issues with money, responsibility, and/or a spending addiction. This quatrain also paints a picture of a friend in need, which actually can be the speaker. There may be debt or corruption involved, but it can be interpreted as a corruption, or lack of, love (920). The speaker also mentions what the losses are, and how he feels about them.
The next four lines of the sonnet is the speaker reflecting the memories of the things or people that he has lost. Maybe these prized possessions were something of high value or someone close to him, which would support the theory that this is about lost love. While I do see this “lost love” perception, I still believe this sonnet is about a more “real or more substantial” loss. You can almost hear his sorrow in the repeated, staggered words, like “woe to woe”, and “grieve at grievances” (922).
The speaker tells of a “sad account” of sorts- this can represent a sad tale, or more probable, a sad or shady looking bank account (919). Debt or corruption plays a likely part here. He dwells on the sad aspect of his life, which might be because he has paid bills that have already been paid, or been harassed by bank owners. It seems that he just cant move on from his misfortune! His blind sightedness of the situation prevents him from looking to the opportunistic view of life, and it keeps him wallowing in his own pity (922).
The final two lines tell us...