Fun with sonnets
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When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes,I all alonebeweepmy outcast state,And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,And look upon my self 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 my self almost despising,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 brings,That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
Sonnet 29 Paraphrased
When I feelunluckyand as if no one likes meAnd I feel all alone and cryAnd it's as if my prayers to heaven have no power at all because no one is listeningAnd I feel sorry for myself and think thatI'mthe unluckiest person aliveI wish that I had thatperson’sopportunitiesThat I looked like that cute person and was as popular as the most popular person in my classWishing that I had that man's talent, and that man's understanding of difficult conceptsNot at all happy with the things I usually enjoy.
Even then, almost hating myself for thinking this wayPerhaps my thoughts think about you, and then my soul,Just like the lark that sings at the moment the light of dayBreaks over the cold earth, sings a song filled with joy and lightBecause I remember the sweet love we share, and the richness that it bringsAnd, at that point, remembering what we have together, I wouldn't changemy present condition even with a king.