What's the theme and the metaphorical purpose of Sonnet 129? 

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rap147 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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The theme of Sonnet 129 is lust, and more specifically the remorse that comes with sexual longing. Shakespearetakes the reader through the stages of lust before the act, during, and after. Lust is described as all consuming and something that wraps the player in a shameful act. The luster immediately regrets his acts and is sent into a shameful state. Sonnet 129 is interesting because of the negativity Shaksepere associates with sexual desire which is in strong contrast to his more positive sonnets about love.