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aLo! in th/e/ ori/e/nt wh/e/n th/e/ gr/a/cious light

Thishighlights glorious sunlight from the Eastern sides. The sun risesfrom the East.bL/i/fts up h/i/s burn/i/ng head, /e/ach under /e/ye

Referenceis made to a Greek god who was often pictured with a flaming head. Italso pinpoints the common people who revered rulers.aDoth hom/a/ge to h/i/s n/e/w-appear/i/ng s/i/ght,

Thisrefers to worshipping or paying homage to the ever refreshing sunbServ/i/ng w/i/th looks h/i/s s/a/cred majest/y/&nbsp

Thishighlights the reverence and awe that was given to his Majesty

Quatrain2c/A/nd h/a/ving cl/i/mbed th/e/ steep-/u/p heavenly hill,

Referenceis made to a journey towards a venerated high point

dResembl/i/ng strong youth /i/n h/i/s m/i/ddle ag/e/,

Thisdepicts a simultaneous connection between the sun at its zenith and ayouth maturing to old agecY/e/t mort/a/l looks adore h/i/s beaut/y/ st/i/ll,

Lowlyhumans continue to revere the sun’s glorious majestydAtt/e/nd/i/ng on h/i/s golden p/i/lgr/i/mage:

Thisrefers to servitude to the religious journey of the sun

Quatrain3eB/ut/ wh/en/ from h/igh/most pitch, with we/a/ry c/a/r,

Fromits zenith, the sun threatens to descend into the ensuing darkness.An allusion is made to the steep climb mentioned earlier. fL/i/ke feeb/l/e /a/ge, he reeleth from th/e/ d/a/y,

Thesun falls away from the zenith and darkness engulfs the brightness.eTh/e/ /e/yes, `fore duteo/u/s, n/o/w conv/e/rted /a/re

The eyesthat previously showed reverence and awe no longer show the sameallegiance.fFrom his low tr/a/ct, /a/nd look /a/noth/e/r w/a/y:

Thesun follows its usual path as it heads towards the horizon

Quatrain4gSo th/o/u, th/y/s/e/lf /o/utgoing in th/y/ noon

Thisportrays the image of gradual decline having reached the primecondition of existence. Volta

g/U/nlooked on d/i/est /u/nless th/o/u get a s/o/n. Couplet

Thepersona is letting his life waste away in singlehood rather thanmarrying and bearing children

Thesonnet adopts the iambic pentameter where five iambs and tensyllables typify most sounds. This can be highlighted in the line:butwhen from highmostpitch, with wearcar.The sonnet adopts the usual rhyme scheme of ab, ab, cd, cd, ef, ef,gg. The poem has four quatrains with the first three comprising fourlines each. The last quatrain has two lines. The sonnet has onecouplet comprising of the last two lines. In the sonnet, the voltacan be identified as the dramatic shift occurring before the couplet.

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Section of the Poem



Type of Context that Enhanced the Meaning

Quatrain 1

The reference to the sunlight that stems from the East. Reverence is also clearly implied.

The fact that sun-worship was quite prevalent in the Eastern lands. Reverence could be implied on various things, not just the sun.


Quatrain 2

The connection between the sun and youth.

The relation between the chariot of the sun and Greek mythology


Quatrain 3

Gradual decline from the zenith towards oblivion in the horizon.

The decline predominantly points to a person as opposed to the sun itself.


Quatrain 4

The encouragement to bear a son rather than die childless

Reference to sexual anecdotes common in Greek mythology.



Thisproject has changed my understanding of Shakespearean text byheightening my appreciation for Greek mythology. Having a deepunderstanding of common phrases in Greek mythology helps to decipherthe meaning behind Shakespearean. The project has also altered myattitude to Shakespearean in that I no longer view it as toodifficult to grasp. The sonnet embodies the personification of thesun to depict a maturing youth. Young people are usually admired andrespected for their vibrancy and dynamism. Such is the case with thesun when it graces the sky in the daytime. However, youths graduallylose their value as they continually age. The passage of time is akey contributing factor in the decline of young people. Therefore,one has to bear children to safeguard their legacy before theirmemory is erased among the living.


Shakespear’sSonnets. Web. 21 November 2015.