SONNET 147

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  • PARAPHRASE:
  • CONNOTATION:
  • ATTITUDE/TONE:
  • A man is in love with a woman who he can not have. He knows that they can not be together but he refuses to let them stay apart. So, he becomes obsessed with finding a way for him to settle his needs and find the solution to their problem. He realizes that his love for for her is not healthy because she isn't a good person for him to be with.
  • SHIFTS:
  • “For I have sworn thee fair and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night” are similes comparing the speaker’s mistress to the blackness of hell and darkness of night. The connotation of blackness of hell is that she causes suffering, pain, and sadness. The connotation of the darkness of night means that she is mysterious and has secretive.
  • TITLE:
  • The speaker uses a mixture of anger and sadness. He is worried that he will never find peace with his mistress, and he is angry with himself that he hasn’t found the solution yet.
  • THEME:
  • The speaker goes from talking about how he planned to fix his situation, to how it drove him insane. He began to lose himself while trying to find a way for the two to be together. He also goes from being lovesick for his mistress to becoming angry at himself for loving her because she is terrible.
  • In the beginning we thought that the title “My love is as a fever, longing still” meant that the speaker’s love was unwanted by others. After reading the sonnet we realized that the love the speaker has for his mistress is unhealthy, but that only makes him want her love more.
  • The theme of Sonnet 147 is about uncontrolled desire for love and how love can be deceptive. The speaker is aware that his love for his mistress is unhealthy because he cannot control it. He also says that he is insane for loving her because she is possibly a cheater. So, her love for him isn’t real.
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