Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare

A commentary on William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29, including a look at various stylistic devices, the tone used, and the poetry themes focusing on self-alienation and denial.

A short and concise essay analyzing Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29 with textual examples of personification, assonance, repetition, symbolism, simile, comparison, and shift.
In “Sonnet 29,” Shakespeare illustrates the speaker looking back on his life, and the lack of faith during it. The speaker finally realizes how he has had no faith in his life up to the present, and his lack of faith causes to be angered towards himself and then to realize that it is never too late. Because he was so selfish in his early life, he is angry with himself throughout the first eight lines, “desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope”, and leaving no room for divine guidance.