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Sonnet 17: Who will believe my verse in time to come Analysis



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Who will believe my verse in time to come
If it were filled with your most high deserts?
Though yet heaven knows it is but as a tomb
Which hides your life, and shows not half your parts:
If I could write the beauty of your eyes,
And in fresh numbers number all your graces,
The age to come would say, "This poet lies,
Such heavenly touches ne'er touched earthly faces."
So should my papers, yellowed with their age,
Be scorned like old men of less truth than tongue,
And your true rights be termed a poet's rage,
And stretchèd metre of an antique song.
    But were some child of yours alive that time,
    You should live twice, in it and in my rhyme.

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Actually all of the sonnets before like 127 I'm pretty sure are addressed to the "fair youth" which in Shakespearean terms, is a young beautiful male. So those comments are correct^^

| Posted on 2013-09-25 | by a guest


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I know I am posting this a little late, but I wanted to point out that Shakespeare\'s sonnets are always aimed towards women, therefore the analyses made above me are technically incorrect.

| Posted on 2012-04-26 | by a guest


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Shakespeare is saying that no one will believe his sonnets that exemplify the young man in time to come. Not only will they go unbelieved, but they hardly do the man justice either. Shakespeare states that his words, even though they sing the young mans praises, cover up his life, and reveal not half the mans beauty. Even if he was able to put in words all the amazing qualities of the man, people in time to come that read his work will dismiss it as the exaggerations of a rambling poet, for such "heavenly touches never touched earthly faces." Yet, if a descendant from the man Shakespeare speaks of is alive at the time, he says the man will live twice, in his progeny, and in Shakespeare's own words.

| Posted on 2010-01-27 | by a guest


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Shakespeare is trying to express the young mans beauty but failing as it is not possible to say so in words and even if he did so no one would believe him as people would never believe someone could be as beautiful
the only way possible to let the world know of his beauty is to reproduce so the future generations will see his genes past on and will get an idea of how beautiful he was....??

| Posted on 2009-05-25 | by a guest


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ok lets just say i so do not understand this poem :(

| Posted on 2008-12-12 | by a guest




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