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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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Literary Movement
Renaissance, 16th Century

Sonnet, Wedding, Children

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