Sonnet 29 is about a speaker who is initially downcast about his loneliness, but becomes happier when he thinks of a friend he loves. It is therefore about the reality of failure and loneliness mixed with the memory of h... More »

There are 154 surviving sonnets by William Shakespeare. There is no way of knowing if this is the total number of sonnets he wrote during his lifetime, as some could have been lost or unpublished. More »

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Shakespeare's Sonnet 43 explores the theme of absence. The poet writes that in the absence of the youth, nighttime consolation only comes because he can view the youth in his dreams. The poem explores the theme of shadow... More »

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Shakespeare's Sonnet 43 explores the theme of absence. The poet writes that in the absence of the youth, nighttime consolation only comes because he can view the youth in his dreams. The poem explores the theme of shadow... More »

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Helen Steiner Rice’s poem “When I Must Leave You” gives her loved ones instructions for living on after the speaker’s death – to be happy and smile, to be useful and active instead of giving into loneliness, and to wait ... More »

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The main theme of William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 73" is how a person is affected by growing older. In this sonnet, Shakespeare compares old age to the seasonal shift of autumn to winter, the passing of day to night and ho... More »

The theme of "The Eagle" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is the loneliness and majesty of human existence. Through association, Tennyson makes it clear that he is using the eagle as a personification of a human, and using a num... More »