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What are the dis-similarities between Sonnet 29 and Sonnet 30?I'm writting a term paper...

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xxamylizxx | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 27, 2007 at 4:48 AM via web

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What are the dis-similarities between Sonnet 29 and Sonnet 30?

I'm writting a term paper on the similarities and the dis-similarities between Sonnets 29 and 30.  I had no trouble finding the similarities.

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 27, 2007 at 9:33 AM (Answer #1)

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Sonnet 29 has a specific audience, a you, who is so loved by the speaker that even though he, the speaker, has many difficulties in his life, just thinking about the love of his friend makes him feel “wealthy.”  The sonnet repeatedly uses images of wealth and status to describe his sad feelings. In Sonnet 30, however, the speaker does not describe his unhappiness in terms of an “outcast state” who desires what others have, as does the speaker in 29. Instead, he mourns lost friends and past times, and in general the sense that he is getting older. Youth seems to be the great loss in sonnet 30 and regrets for a life that he might live differently if he could, and so when the speaker thinks of his friend here, his “losses are restored,” which refers more to experience in general rather than the “outcast state” in the other poem.

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