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Sonnet 1: From fairest creatures we desire increase

William Shakespeare

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Added by: Shelby
in the first 2 verses "From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beaty's rose might never die..." i think of it as when the creatures we find most beautiful become more plentiful it becomes a more of a beautiful place. If all the creatures keep coming the beauty might never die.
Sonnet #1
Added by: Shelby
"But as the riper should by time decease,Their tender heir might bear his memory..."

In my opinion this means that when those who had produced all these wonderfully beautiful creatures die, those who they produce behold their memory
The Young Man has what it takes to re-beautify nat
Added by: Marlin
This is an appropriate way for Shakespeare to start to sonnet sequence. Basically Shakespeare is equiping the reader with information on where the sequence will be heading (at least for the first hundred or so sonnets). Shakespeare is telling the young man that natural beauty fades with the changing of the seasons, but he gives the young man hope by telling him he has what it takes to re-create the essence of beauty. Basically Shakespeare is telling the young man that if he has children, his beauty can not fade with time. The poem shows the reader that Shakespeare and the young man must have had a very strong relationship. It is only when the young man does not take Shakespeare's advice and starts seeing Shakespeare's other lover that the sonnet sequence takes a turn for the worst.
the poet
Added by: Jeremy
i would like to offer a piece of advice for Martin and other discussors of poetry. i think in speaking about Shakespeare's sonnets it is better to say "the poet" and not "Shakespeare" when talking about the speaker of the sonnets. Shakespeare had a wonderful imagination, and it has not been proven that Shakespeare is writing in his sonnets about actual love affairs he had. for all we know, they all may be completely fictional.

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