Sonnet #147

Sonnet #147

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  • The narrator is using imagery to portray how he is sick, he is referring to lust as an illness. When their relationship first began, he viewed his lover as a doctor; someone who could cure him. He can no longer be with her despite how shook he is, because at the end of the day she proved detrimental to his health.
  • "My reason, the physician to my love" The speaker compares his lover to a doctor. This is significant, because it shows that he feels she could 'cure' him from his sexual desires.
  • As the sonnet began the speaker was lovesick, desperate, and sad.
  • By the end of the sonnet, the speaker's tone has transitioned. He is now reflective, restless, and stressed.
  • There are obvious shifts in the sonnet. The speakers starts out talking about having no hope of recovering from his illness. Next he speaks of his lover and their break up. Then the speaker discusses how he is
  • left unable to function without his lover. Finally the sonnet is concluded with the speaker realizing that his mistress was not pleasant and kind as she appeared to be initially. He discovers she has been heightening the 'symptoms' of his so called 'illness'.
  • "My love is as a fever, longing still" The title reflects how the speaker regards the relationship between he and his lover. It is an unhealthy connection, yet he still desires her, as he is especially lustful. The speaker depended on his mistress to fix him, she ended up giving him an STD, and through it all his love for her is still prominent.
  • The theme of sonnet 147 is how lust is a deadly sin and its only true cure is death. As the poem goes on the speaker's illness and his doctor only make the situation worse. It shows how truly destructive and powerful love is. When you are genuinely in love your thoughts may not reflect those of a composed person. A person in love might even display actions that will hurt them in the long run.
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