Sonnet #147

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  • P- Paraphrase
  • I love you!
  • But you shouldn't.
  • C- Connotation
  • Why don't I listen
  • A-Attitude/Tone
  • Why can't the world let us have a storybook story!!!
  • The speaker's love is like a fever and he craves for what he shouldn't have. He plays no mind to "physician," therefore his desire is equal to death. He's beyond crazy and at the end, he realizes that his lover's beauty is not what it seems like.
  • S- Shifts
  • Unfaithfulness will be the death of you. Hmph...
  • The narrator uses a metaphor, "the physician to my love," to symbolizes how his logical rational mind is trying to help him. Also, "my love is a fever" shows his negative feelings towards his love. For example, this shows how she's bad for him. "Reason is past cure" symbolizes how he is past hope. He uses a simile, "for you are black as hell," to imply that's she not who he thought she was.
  • T- Title
  • This is the end of Thy love for you. Thou is too dark.
  • The speaker utilizes the words sworn, thought, please, longing, and unrest to show that he the one who wan't the relationship to work even when it is inevitable. This invokes a desperate and stressed tone.
  • T- Theme
  • I am content but when shall I trust love again?
  • A shift occurs in line 13. The narrator stops describing all the symptoms of his love-sickness and blames his lover for being unfaithful and deceiving him.
  • When we read the poem we realized that the title wasn't about love that lasts a long time but rather about how the speaker's love is dangerous and persists. He knows she is dangerous and shouldn't yearn for her but he can't resist. In the end he knows she is toxic.
  • Love can be dangerous for it disguises its true self. It is like a disease that shouldn't be fanned but rather quenched through "death". The narrator's lover hid her true self and persuaded the speaker to belief she was good however she was a fever that needed not to be thriving through the speaker's stubbornness rather through his ability to accept the truth and move on.
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