Sonnet 30 Questions and Answers

Sonnet 30

Sonnet 30 is most well-known for its first two lines, particularly the second line--"remembrance of things past"--because it provided the title for a novel by Marcel Proust. The central theme of...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012 7:40 am UTC

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Sonnet 30

In this sonnet, the speaker talks about the sorrow and grief that he feels when he considers all the people and things he has lost in his life. He cries when he remembers his good friends who have...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2019 6:15 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

Sonnet 30 is very similar to Sonnet 29. Shakespeare begins #29 by describing his depressed mood and unpleasant thoughts. Then, rather than using a mere closing couplet to describe how remembering...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2012 4:10 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

The repeated pattern in this sonnet is one in which the speaker connects his present suffering with a reliving of what has occurred earlier (perhaps long earlier) in his life. His allusions are to...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 7:20 am UTC

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Sonnet 30

As a literary device, paradox is the juxtaposition of two or more different ideas, images, or words that might otherwise seem incongruous to each other. Shakespeare employed paradox often...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 3:47 am UTC

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Sonnet 30

Uncharacteristically, the turn in thought does not occur in Sonnet XXX until the final couplet. Perhaps in keeping with the "remembrance of things past," the lines of this sonnet return again and...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2016 9:39 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, a woe is "a condition of deep suffering from misfortune, affliction, or grief." In Sonnet 30, the poet Shakespeare expresses his woes in a number...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 4:08 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

The language of business that appears later in the poem—the "expense" of things and people that the speaker has lost, a "sad account" that the speaker must "new pay as if not paid before"—brings to...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2017 4:42 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

In Shakespeare's Sonnet 30 there is a tone of regret as the speaker thinks about his past personal losses and sorrows. In lines one and two the speaker provides us with a condition (whenever he...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2015 9:19 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

In this sonnet by William Shakespeare, the speaker "bewails" (mourns or shows great regret for) his past and present. Looking back, the speaker summons "up remembrance of things past" and regrets...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 5:47 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 30 focuses on the relationship between past and present and between pain and pleasure. The speaker spends most of the poem considering the role of memory and nostalgia,...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 5:45 am UTC

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Sonnet 30

If someone wrote Sonnet 30 to me, I would feel very good indeed. Most of the poem is about the speaker’s regrets. The language is old fashioned, but if you look at phrases like “I sigh with old...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2013 8:47 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

The speaker begins by noting how he remembers good things from the past. But then he recalls things he did not accomplish or achieve. And he feels that in wailing about these "old woes," he is...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 2:43 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

Throughout the majority of the sonnet, the speaker sighs over "the lack of many a thing [he] sought" and cries about the time he feels he has wasted. He says that he does not typically cry, but he...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 12:28 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

No, it seems to suggest just the opposite. The speaker can summon up remembrance of things past and relive them even long after he suffered from them emotionally, including "love's long-since...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2012 3:51 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

In Shakespeare's Sonnet 30, thinking about his dear friend takes all the speaker's sorrows away. The speaker addresses this friend and lists quite a number of woes. These include thinking about...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 12:42 am UTC

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Sonnet 30

Sonnet 30 by William Shakespeare has,at first sight, a generally melancholy air running through it. The sonnet speaks of loss and sorrow and has a mood of nostalgia for past things, people and...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013 12:07 pm UTC

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Sonnet 30

If you go to the link below, you will find summary and discussion of this sonnet. Shakespeare's sonnet 30 is basically a tribute to a dear friend. He is thinking back on friends who have passed...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2007 10:12 am UTC

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