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I decided to choose Sonnet 29 to analyze for this assignment. I love how dramatic the speaker is and how his mood changes so quickly as soon as he thinks about his beloved, because I’ve definitely had days like that and can relate to the Bard! I liked researching this sonnet a bit, just finding some more background info. Here’s what I came up with.
- · Frank, Bernhard. "Shakespeare's SONNET 29." Explicator 64.3 (2006): 137-138. Literary Reference Center. Web. 10 Sept. 2016.
This is a journal article I found using EBSCO. The author provides a detailed analysis of Shakespeare’s use of the word “state” in the sonnet and also gives a brief study of how it might connect with depression. The article is relatively short, but has some really good information.
- · http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/classic_poems/2013/04/shakespeare_was_depressed_in_sonnet_29_the_bard_writes_of_disgrace_and_fortune.html
This is a link to a really great article I found called “When the Bard Had the Blues”. It discusses the depressing tone of the sonnet and offers some opinion about why Shakespeare might have been a little sad. Surprisingly, the author even goes in to some analysis of form and does a really good job of it. This article was an enjoyable read to boot!
This is a video of Matthew Mcfayden reciting Sonnet 29. He even acts the part of a guy who’s down in the dumps after getting turned down by an employer and is kind of wallowing in his misery. Then, he gets a text from his lovely and all is well again. He does a great job reciting it, and the video makes the sonnet more relatable.
As for the social source, I made my husband read the sonnet with me and asked his opinion. He was slightly leery and asked if it was a trick of some sort. However, once we read through it and discussed the sonnet a bit, he was surprised at how he could relate to it. See, Shakespeare isn't so hard!
(This is a picture of my really cool social source.)