Shakespeare | Sonnet152 | An Analytical Study

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Shakespeare | Sonnet152 | An Analytical Study

 

Shakespeare | Sonnet152 | An Analytical Study

Shakespeare | Sonnet152 | An Analytical Study

Shakespeare | Sonnet152 | An Analytical Study

Sonnet 152 by W. Shakespeare is a sonnet that deals with the theme of love and oath. Both the poet and his mistress took an oath of love that they would love each other and remain faithful to each other but both violated the oath. Though they broke their oath yet the poet felt no repentance and did not bring any accusation against his mistress. Instead, he guards their breaking of oaths by means of poetic arguments.

The poet says that when he began to love his mistress; he had broken his marriage vow as he betrayed his wife. But his mistress that is his paramour has broken two vows—as she broke the marriage vow betraying her husband while she began to love the poet and secondly she broke the oath that she took when she falls in love with the poet. Thus the poet’s mistress broke two oaths. But the poet brings no accusation against her; because the poet himself is more promiscuous than his paramour. He has already broken twenty oaths. The poet’s oaths were aimed at defrauding his mistress. Thus the poet lost all his honest faith in his mistress. Now the poet makes a new oath and says that his mistress is very kind, very loving, very truthful and very constant. And thus to brighten her image and character the poet has become deliberately blind to his mistress’ faults. In doing so, the poet represents her as being just the opposite of what she really is. He swears that she is fair and swearing so the poet commits more perjuries as he swears against the truth.

The argument brought about here is no doubt strikingly humorous and at the same time, the argument excites our sense of wonder. The argument is highly full of conceits for which this sonnet also, like his other sonnets, is metaphysical as the poet propounded the feeling of false swearing and guards it with arguments. (Here to say that a metaphysical poem is that which deals with a philosophic or spiritual or mystic or theosophical theme and elaborated it by means of poetic arguments made up of striking and farfetched often fantastic conceits). The main charm of the sonnet is not the theme but the argument in support of the theme. 0 0 0

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N. B. This article entitled ‘Shakespeare | Sonnet152 | An Analytical Study’ originally belongs to the book ‘World Poetry Criticism‘ by Menonim Menonimus. Shakespeare | Sonnet152 | An Analytical Study

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