Can anyone help me analyze Shakespeare's "Sonnet 32" - please?

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The speaker is a poet who considers how others in the future will evaluate his poetry. He knows he will not liver forever; he is aware of his mortality.  The second quatrain, he asks posterity to evaluate his poetry not for its “rhyme,” by which he means its quality, but by the love with which he wrote it. His modesty might be a bit false here when he says that others have written better (“happier” means “more gifted”) poetry than he.  In the third quatrain he asks his audience (his lover and Muse) to “vouchsafe” the thought that he loved his muse very much, and that this love exceeded the “equipage” of his poetry (equipage was a common expression for literary production), and so he might read other poetry because it is better, but will read the poetry of this speaker out of love. Again, critics the speaker as understating the value of the poetry of the author, and is probably ironic, so that it finally means just the opposite of what it says:  that the speaker’s poetry is among the great, more than worthy of the love of the muse.