Sweet things which turn sour, do so because they become corrupted; weeds are preferable to rotting and festering lilies. Believe it or not, but there have been more scholarly articles written on Sonnet 94 than any other sonnet. But if that flow'r with base infection meet, The basest weed outbraves his dignity. Ultimately he will be exposed, not as an attractive man, but as a manipulating tease. But if that flower meets a disgusting infection , The lowliest weed surpasses its dignity. They are ultimately fallible like the rest of us. Because the youth is utterly beautiful and the poet is entirely unappealing, they are ill-matched for union in a single being.
You won't find these in Shakespeare's Sonnets, however. They are the lords and owners of their faces; Others but stewards of their excellence. In contrast are those whose beauty not only tempts but also leads them into temptation. Of course, like The Godfather, Sonnet 94 is likely to whet your appetite for a sequel. This is why it has attained such high status among the Sonnets, and why it continues to divide critics and readers. They are the masters of their own emotions; Others are only the caretakers of their virtues. This is especially weird, because, for the general public, Sonnet 94 is far from the most famous of Shakespeare's poems.
In Elizabethan England, it was very difficult for poets to make money simply by writing and selling their poetry. Much criticism has been written about Sonnet 94. As a symbol of the first, the flower that is sweet to the world around it, although it blossoms and dies by itself, is self-contained. The youth, the poet continues, must be, indeed already is, quite like these superior individuals — although just what this good is that the youth does certainly remains questionable. That makes number 94 stand out in a crowd. This is exactly the set of emotions that the speaker is getting at in Sonnet 94—and their complicated nature also explains why scholars have spilled so much ink, and taken up so much computer memory, in trying to figure it all out. You are lovelier and more mild.
People who have the power to hurt, but will not do any, Who do not do the thing that they most seem to be doing, Who move others but are themselves like stone , Unmoved, cold, and slow to respond to temptation, They correctly inherit heaven's blessings, And manage nature's riches so that they are not wasted. However, is it really that simple? But if that flower lets itself be infected by a parasite, the lowest weed will be better, for the sweetest things have the capacity to turn the sourest by acting wrongly. Initial reversals also appear in lines 1, 8, and 14. Therefore there are grounds for cautious optimism, or so the poet thinks, for the Youth may in fact remain faithful despite past suspicions. Superior individuals remain aloof and never submit to temptation, but are not selfish in so doing, for they unconsciously do good deeds, like the flowers. She is from Seoul, and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island. The speaker, genuinely in love with the young man, is forced to relate to him not as an equal, but as an inferior.
Instead of being about love, it's more about admiration—but not admiration for the type of people you'd expect. But your eternal summer will not fade, Nor will you lose possession of the beauty you own, Nor will death be able to boast that you wander in his shade, When you live in eternal lines, set apart from time. In a sequence of some of the most famous love sonnets ever written anyone? Even in May rough winds shake the delicate flower buds, And the duration of summer is always too short. Summary On the surface at least, Sonnet 94 continues the theme from the previous sonnet, which contrasts virtue with appearance. The characters of The Godfather movies are all pretty nasty pieces of work. Many writers sought out aristocratic patrons, who supported them in return for the prestige of having a poet at their beck and call.
But Sonnet 94 isn't really that type of poem. Thou art more lovely and more temperate. To him, the young man can often seem cold, distant, and grave, and the speaker, who loves him, is forced to try to explain this behavior in a way that will enable him to continue loving the young man. These people deserve our praise, and that of heaven, too. As long as men breathe or have eyes to see, As long as this sonnet lives, it will give life to you.
Although the sonnet offers a warm testimonial to a cool and impassive youth, there is no specific mention of the poet or the young man in the entire poem. For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds. His message is to control yourself, to exercise restraint, to resist the urge to do bad things, even when they seem oh so easy. Line 5 necessarily shares a feminine ending. But you can't simply say that the movie says they're bad and that's it. .
The poet knows he can expect little pleasure from the relationship, yet he hesitates to make the final, complete break. They get themselves all in a twist trying to suss out whether the speaker likes these guys or thinks they're scum. According to one group of critics, Shakespeare advances the argument of those who, with an outward beauty that is the source of temptation, are themselves cold and not easily tempted. Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders. The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Yet there remains the thought that some evil will still destroy the poet's hopes, and optimism may prove unfounded. What Sonnet 94 lacks in the swoon department, it more than makes up for in tasty nuggets of wisdom and interpretive possibilities.
We think that most people who watch these movies feel that the Mafia life comes off as romantic and attractive, in a dark and dangerous kind of way way. Although it is not a particularly hard sonnet to read, the underlying levels of judgment, reversal of social order, the right to refuse procreation, and sexually transmitted diseases can be uncovered during a close reading. Should I compare you to a summer's day? Think , Francis Ford Coppola's masterful film trilogy about the Italian-American Mafia. The Complete Sonnets and Poems. An aristocrat was in no way obligated to treat the poet he supported as an equal; in fact, his superiority was in some ways the entire point of the exchange. Is this the straightforward meaning of Sonnet 94, that attractive people who have ugly personalities — beautiful people who use others and exploit their feelings, for instance — are worse than plain old ugly people who were nothing special to begin with? And still, there's one key difference between the powerful folks in Sonnet 94 and all the Mafiosi in Coppola's world: our sonnet people can hurt people, but they don't. And his admiration goes hand in hand with some mysterious warnings about the bad fate that may be in store for these people.