Charlotte Burchetta '22

Maddy Abramson ’23 enjoys Sonnet 29 due to its encouraging tone.

Maddy Abramson ’23: Sonnet 29, “When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”

“Sonnet 29 is my favorite sonnet because it is very hopeful,” Maddy said.  “It reminds me that in truth life is difficult but we have to appreciate the beauty in those things and people around us.  I love Shakespeare’s writing because there are so many layers to his work that make it feel like you never read the same thing twice.  I am always finding new things to appreciate about Shakespeare.”
Sonnet 29: “When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”

When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
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,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
(Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

Featured Image by Charlotte Burchetta ’22