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Who is the audience in Sonnet 29?

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Posted April 23, 2007 at 4:56 AM via web

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Who is the audience in Sonnet 29?

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted April 23, 2007 at 5:35 AM (Answer #1)

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The audience in this sonnet is the speaker's lover, though the thoughts are penned in solitude rather than spoken to the lovers' face.

It is not until line 10 that we see redemption for the troubled speaker. In the opening lines, he is miserable: 'When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes/I will all alone beweep my outcast state."

Continuing on in this self-deprecating vein, he wishes (line 5-8) to be "...one more rich in hope/Feathered like him, like him with friends possessed,/Desiring this man's art, that man's scope." Here, the speaker feels envious of people with better prospects.

But when things look most dim, "Happly, I think on thee..". When he thinks of the lover, he feels that he could not "change my state with kings."

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