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TOPIC: sonnet 37 line 7 uh?

sonnet 37 line 7 uh? 9 years 2 weeks ago #1416

  • Mike thomas
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anyone explain sonnet 37 in particular line 7?


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sonnet 37 line 7 uh? 9 years 2 weeks ago #1420

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For handy reference:

As a decrepit father takes delight
To see his active child do deeds of youth,
So I, made lame by Fortune's dearest spite,
Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth.
For whether beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit,
Or any of these all, or all, or more,
Intitled in [thy] parts do crowned sit,
I make my love ingrafted to this store:
So then I am not lame, poor, nor despis'd,
Whilst that this shadow doth such substance give,
That I in thy abundance am suffic'd,
And by a part of all thy glory live.
Look what is best, that best I wish in thee:
This wish I have, then ten times happy me!


This is right up the alley of the anagrammatic playing on words, using the "th" combination in various forms all the way through (even "spite" uses an "ht" combination in the Quarto (as "fpight").

The "thy" in line 7 is "their" in the Quarto but is likely an error. But it doesn't really make any difference (just a slight perspective one). The line expresses how the reader is connecting himself to the attributes of youth, possibly even living vicariously through the younger person, in order to overcome, physically and/or psychologically, the toll of age.
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sonnet 37 line 7 uh? 7 years 5 months ago #3353

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Yes I see it now. Thank you kind sir.

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