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Sonnet 1 by William Shakespeare

Analysis

"Sonnet 1" is a poem written by William Shakespeare. This poem speaks about a woman who is beautiful doesn't want to have a baby because she thinks she won't be beautiful anymore if she does. However, Shakespeare claims that by not having a baby she is simply growing old anyway and becoming not beautiful. He claims that if she has a baby, then the baby will be beautiful and will live on while she isn't beautiful anymore.

"Sonnet 1" is Shakespeare's first sonnet in a long list of fantastic writings. This poem is written in iambic-pentameter with the rhyme scheme ABABCDCDEFEFGG. This style of writing is now known as the Shakespearean Sonnet.

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From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty's rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:
But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed'st thy light'st flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.
Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content
And, tender churl, makest waste in niggarding.
Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.

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Nationality
English

Literary Movement
Renaissance, 16th Century

Subjects
Sonnet, Beauty, Children