Describe the point at which the poet changes mood in Shakespeare's "Sonnet 29".

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Shakespeare's Sonnet 29, the poet is despondent through the first two quatrains (groups of 4 lines).  Whether he is now "in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes" is not clear; the poet may simply be reflecting upon this condition.  At any rate, he sets up the condition as one which causes him a feeling of alienation and despair.  In this state, the poet declares that he is envious of the prosperity and companionship and talents of others in lines 5-8.

However, this despondency is broken in the third quatrain of this sonnet as he asserts, "Haply I think on thee,-and then my state...sings hymns at heaven's gate."  For, the love of one person can make all the difference to a person. In the ending couplet which sums up the meaning of the sonnet, the poet states,

For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth brings,/That then I scorn to change my state of being.

Having the this love, the poet considers himself rich and is content with his state in life.

geethamasanam | Student
  • Sonnet 29 like most of Shakespear's sonnet was written from a very close and personal perspective in regard to the author's life.
  • The reader's can find dilemma in the first two stanzas.
  • His problem is quite clear,he is lonely and depressed.
  • Sonnet 29 celebrates the presence of love in the poet's life.When he thinks about his beloved, he feels so happy that he does not want to exchange places with anyone who is richer and socially suoerior.
  • The mood that prevails throughout the poem is the insecured feeling of Shakespeare.
  • He does not know how to deal with his isolation.
  • The poet describe himself as an outcast but it is not the world that cast him out.