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The main clause of Sonnet 29 begins the turn. Where is it? How does the speaker’s...

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vetta254 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 28, 2010 at 3:27 AM via web

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The main clause of Sonnet 29 begins the turn. Where is it? How does the speaker’s tone, or attitude, change after the turn?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2010 at 3:36 AM (Answer #1)

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To me, the turn of this sonnet begins at the line that starts "Yet in these thoughts..."  By saying "yet," the speaker is clearly saying that what came before is going to be different from what will come next.

The speaker's tone after the turn is completely different.  Before the turn, he was being all pathetic.  He was talking about how much he hates his life and how cursed he is.

But then, once he thinks of his love, he gets really happy and confident.  Then, he wouldn't even change places with a king.

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englishteacher20120 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 1, 2011 at 12:42 AM (Answer #2)

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This sonnet is different from some.  Many sonnets have their turning point in line 13.  This one is in line 9, "Yet in these thoughts..."  That word "yet" is a big clue, and the transformation is not subtle, but complete.  In the first 8 lines the speaker almost hates himself - he tells us this in line 9 "myself almost despising" - but then his heart takes flight like a bird.  He feels so happy and free, he could almost fly.  His tone goes from sullen to joyous simply by thinking of the woman he loves.

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