Front Page Quotations Other Quotes Week of 30 January, 2012
About this Quotation:
This poem was put online on St. Valentine’s Day, along with Adam Smith’s comment on passion/love and one of Petrarch’s love poems to Laura, to show some of the range of thinking on this subject by authors in the Online Library of Liberty. I also chose it because of its several political references to various “states” - the outcast state where men are exiled from their communities, the state of poverty and failure of the young man, the state of heaven (implied not stated explicitly), and the state ruled by Kings. Although this is a poem about how the love of another can raise one’s hopes and spirits, it also shows how often Shakespeare resorted to the vocabulary of other occupations and disciplines to make his points. In this case it is the political language of states, hierarchies, and monarchs; in other cases it is the language of law or commerce.
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30 January, 2012
Read the full quote in context here.
In his 29th Sonnet William Shakespeare (1564-1616) describes a young man who is disgraced, outcast, shoeless, friendless, full of envy of others more successful than he, and without hope. Yet, he remembers the “sweet love” he feels for his lover and decides he would not swap his current situation for that of even a king:
The full passage from which this quotation was taken can be be viewed below (front page quote in bold):