A reading of a Shakespeare sonnet
‘Let those who are in favour with their stars’ – also known as Sonnet 25 – is not the most famous poem in Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Yet it is worth reading and analysing not least because of the light it can shed on some of the other, more famous sonnets in the sequence, so this is what we’re going to attempt here – some notes towards an analysis of Sonnet 25 and its language and meaning.
Let those who are in favour with their stars
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars
Unlook’d for joy in that I honour most.
Great princes’ favourites their fair leaves spread
But as the marigold at the sun’s eye,
And in themselves their pride lies buried,
For at a frown they in their glory die.
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