If he could transform his appearance into that of a lamb. Oh, you cover up your sins with such a sweet exterior! Some say your fault is your youth, others that the problem is your lustfulness. Oh what a mansion have those vices got Which for thy habitation chose out thee, Where beauty's veil doth cover every blot And all things turns to fair that eyes can see. Take heed, dear heart, of this large privilege; The hardest knife ill used doth lose his edge. Analysis of Sonnet 95 How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame Which, like a canker in the fragrant rose, Doth spot the beauty of thy budding name! Continue reading for complete analysis and meaning in the modern text. That tongue that tells the story of thy days, Making lascivious comments on thy sport, Cannot dispraise but in a kind of praise; Naming thy name blesses an ill report. How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame Which, like a canker in the fragrant rose, Doth spot the beauty of thy budding name! I suggest you to open the sonnet in a separate window, so that you can refer directly to it as you read on through the analysis.
Both important and unimportant people love your charms and your faults too. Sonnet 95: Translation to modern English How sweet and lovely you make the flaw appear that is spoiling your reputation, just as a blight spoils the reputation of a fragrant rose! Day and classmates, today I will be comparing two sonnets. A person that tells stories about you, Making lustful comments on your pleasure, He cannot help but turn his insult into a praise; The using of your name blesses a bad report. The play likely was very successful at the time, for Burby published another edition in 1599, again without naming an author. Try your hardest to sneak away from me, For as long as life lasts you are promised to be mine, And life will not stay longer than your love, Since it depends on that love of yours. It could be the addressee's actual house, but. The strength of all thy state.
That tongue that tells the story of thy days, 5 Making lascivious comments on thy sport, Cannot dispraise, but in a kind of praise; Naming thy name, blesses an ill report. How many gazers mightst thou lead away, If thou would'st use the strength of all thy state! Just as a worthless jewel is regarded as valuable when a queen is wearing it, so the sins that people see you commit are turned into good characteristics and regarded as good. I see that a better state is available to me, Than being dependent on your disposition. The leading many others astray might result in a reputation incurably bad. Oh what a happy right I have over you: Happy to have your love, happy to die! So, 'to choose' of 'to choose out'.
Summary Still using the paternal tone, the poet observes that the young man's vices are a subject of public gossip. I prefer to read the latter because of the insight, and twist, but both are perfectly acceptable. Shakespeare loves to twist the entire sonnet with the couplet and this one is fantastic having the possibility, and believability, of being both! Sadly, he has learned nothing over the course of some sixty sonnets. As on the finger of a throned queen The basest jewel will be well esteem'd, So are those errors that in thee are seen To truths translated and for true things deem'd. How to cite this article: Shakespeare, William.
But do not so; I love thee in such sort As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report. Next time weekend of March 4 : Sonnet 96 Jonathan Smith is Emeritus Professor of English at Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana. You cannot trouble me with your personality, Since my life hangs on your changes of heart. That tongue that tells the story of thy days, Making lascivious comments on thy sport, Cannot dispraise but in a kind of praise. We've come to expect a little more creativity from Shakespeare than this simplicity. Sonnet 95 How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame 1 Which, like a canker in the fragrant rose, Doth spot the beauty of thy budding name! The youth's beauty covers the blots of vice, but everything eventually loses its qualities if it is misused.
Suzy Kim is a graduate student studying Victorian literature at Brown University. That tongue that tells the story of thy days, Making lascivious comments on thy sport, Cannot dispraise, but in a kind of praise; Naming thy name blesses an ill report. For instance, not too far from this example, somebody you have never met, but the name is known by you, is regarded as a whore. Therefore I do not need to fear the worst kind of harm, Since the least of them will cause me to die. How, might you ask, can we have two clauses without a verb? The follies of the youth appear to be truths that some may want to erroneously emulate, like wolves who appear to be lambs and lead the lambs astray. That these two lines are identical to the final couplet in Sonnet 36 demonstrates just how much the poet has regressed to his earlier dependence on the youth. I concur with you on the mansion being the body, and quite a compliment to somebody, too.
Take heed, dear heart, of this large privilege; The hardest knife ill-us'd doth lose his edge. This poem is not simply a procession of interchangeable metaphors; it is the story of the speaker slowly coming to grips with the finality of his age and his impermanence in time. Whether this rumor is true or not, this idea will be attached to the person who has this name. These lines are repeated from. How many lambs might the stem wolf betray, If like a lamb he could his looks translate! For the complete list of 154 sonnets, check the collection of with analysis. Naming thy name , blesses an ill report. But be careful, dear heart, with this great privilege that your beauty gives you.
Your beauty serves as a veil that makes every bad thing you do seem good! This silence for my sin sis you impute, Which shall be muost my glory, being dumb, For I impair not being beauty being mute, When others would give life and bring a tomb. A worm preying upon and defacing the blossom. If you read directed toward the person, then the preoverbial statement is for him stating his good looks may catch up with him later, so be careful or even 'do as much as you can as quick as you can, while it lasts! The youth could do the same, but should not do so, because the poet's disapproval of such behavior undermines his good report of the youth, and such behaviour will also reflect badly on the poet. That tongue that tells the story of thy days, Making lascivious comments on thy sport, Cannot dispraise but in a kind of praise; Naming thy name blesses an ill report. Summary Employing a paternal attitude, the poet continues his lecture on how deceiving appearances can be. Are lov'd of more and less.
All the power of thy noble beauty. Even his faults are loved and admired. This is a short summary of Shakespeare sonnet 95. Only, true sighs, you do not go away; Thank may you have for such a thankful part, Thank-worthiest yet, when you shall break my heart. Oh what a glorious body houses those bad deeds, Which chose you as their home, Because that is where beauty covers every stain, And where all things the eyes can see become beautiful! Thou mayst be false, and yet I know it not.
But do thy worst to steal thyself away, For term of life thou art assurèd mine, And life no longer than thy love will stay, For it depends upon that love of thine. The choirs formerly rang with the sounds of 'sweet birds'. Faint coward joy no longer tarry dare, Seeing hope yield when this woe strake him first; Delight protests he is not for the accurst, Though oft himself my mate-in-arms he sware. Nay, sorrow comes with such main rage, that he Kills his own children, tears, finding that they By love were made apt to consort with me. Still there is danger, lest the consequence of vicious indulgence should be felt at last. Even so my sun one early morn did shine With all-triumphant splendor on my brow.