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Shakespearean Sonnet 10: An Analysis

by Joseph Spence Sr

This is a very interesting sonnet regarding love, hate, and the continuation of life in various ways. This sonnet has a pro-life theme, which is articulated in the ending couplet, with the rhyming pair of words "Me and Thee."

The sonnet is articulated on the subject of having a family and the continuation of the family's name. Line # 1 addressed the essence of the sonnet regarding love. The speaker has expressed shame of the person in question who refused to love, which is expressed as, "For shame! deny that thou bear'st love to any." The lack of expressing love is further addressed in line # 2 as "improvident." It is cemented in line # 4 with the following words, "But that thou none lov'st is most evident."

The copulation of murder and hate is joined in line # 5 as follows, "For thou art so possess'd with murderous hate." This plea for the person to love is very near and dear to the heart of the writer. Apparently, there is a conspiracy in the process to overturn the state of love, with opposition to such, as stated in line # 6. This action is visualized as one that will lead to the ruination of love and it is professed in line # 7, as thus, "Seeking that beauteous roof to ruinate." The beauteous roof is that of the cover of love or being wrapped in the warm cloak of love.

Narcissism is evident in this poem also self-love is obvious. The author believed that such actions will lead to a lack of productivity. The lack of bearing children as a result of male friendship is not productive, and as such, is a desire which should be corrected as stated in line # 8 of the sonnet.

Line # 9 put forth the epiphany of the sonnet. It's a request for a change of action, state of reference, condition of mind, and/or belief system. It is expressed as follows: O! change thy thought, that I may change my mind." The writer has attested that love is better than hate and is the path to follow.

At the end of the sonnet in line # 14, a last-ditch effort is made of the subject to show love and to allow beauty to live instead of hate. The articulation follows, "That beauty still may live in thine or thee."

Obviously, this sonnet addresses the issue of love. Additionally, it has placed love above all others for the subject in question to follow and has attested to the essence of life over death and love over hate.

His Excellency, Ambassador, Professor, Dr. Joseph S. Spence Sr. (Epulaeryu Master), authored ten inspirational poetry books, over fifty book reviews, and numerous peer-reviewed articles published in a variety of educational forums. His most recent uplifting poetry book of inspirational grace is, “Sincerely Speaking Spiritually.”  His writings, poems, short stores, and the like, are published a variety of languages.