Sonnet 3 by William Shakespeare
"Sonnet 3" is a poem written by William Shakespeare. This poem is about Shakespeare telling a woman that she needs to get married and have a baby before she gets too old. He's telling her to 'renew' herself, meaning to have a child. He says that if you don't have a child then you aren't remembered.
"Sonnet 3" is one of Shakespeare's most famous sonnets. Since it is a Shakespearean Sonnet, it is written in iambic-pentameter with the rhyme scheme ABABCDCDEFEFGG.
Sonnet 3 Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest Now is the time that face should form another; Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest, Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother. For where is she so fair whose unear'd womb Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry? Or who is he so fond will be the tomb Of his self-love, to stop posterity? Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee Calls back the lovely April of her prime: So thou through windows of thine age shall see Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time. But if thou live, remember'd not to be, Die single, and thine image dies with thee.
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Renaissance, 16th Century
Sonnet, Wedding, Children