Who or what is the the subject of this poem?
In "Sonnet 29," Shakespeare is contrasting the world and all its troubles with the happiness and stability he obtains from his lover. In the speaker's everyday professional life, he is subjected to numerous setbacks and indignities. Life just seems so terribly hard and unfair at times. And when life starts to get the speaker down, as it so often does, he often wishes he were someone else, someone with much greater luck:
And look upon myself and curse my fate,Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope . . .
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,(Like to the lark at break of day arisingFrom sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate;For thy sweet love remembered such wealth bringsThat then I scorn to change my state with kings.
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