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What is the theme of sonnet 9?

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c-rose1 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 26, 2009 at 4:41 AM via web

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What is the theme of sonnet 9?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 26, 2009 at 5:48 AM (Answer #1)

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The theme of Shakespeare's sonnet 9 is impatient love. The first two lines ask a question: " Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye,
That thou consum'st thy self in single life?"

The narrator is asking the object of his love if she's afraid of being a widow, and that's why she hasn't had married/had children yet. The rest of the sonnet puts pressure on her to do so, with the strong implication being that she should do so (should have kids with, and therefore make love with) the speaker. The poem ends by proclaiming such a decision to be a selfish, shameful act.

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