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In Shakespeare’s  Sonnet 29, the feeling of loneliness and isolation is evident in it’s theme. The opening line itself shows the speakers feeling of shame and disgrace with his misfortune. The first few lines also connotes that the speaker knows that such misfortune is seen by the people around him. Although the speaker feels really bad about his situation, the tone of the way he spoke about misfortune seems to suggest that he is a man used to these kinds of misfortune and public humiliation. He seems to have mastered the feeling of envy around him as if he had not been used to having good things in life like those he enumerated; men with better fate than him.Sonnet 29 shows that Shakespeare was reflecting on insecure, deep and troubled thoughts. Whether or not these feelings were based on his personal experience, there is not enough proof to support this theory. However, if we look into the life of Shakespeare’s around the time he wrote Sonnet 29, it would show that he had just encountered two traumatic events in his life that may have inspired him to come up with the sonnet.In 1592 the London theatres closed due to a severe outbreak of plague. So it can also be believed that Shakespeare’s enthusiasm about pain and loss can also be driven from that. Also, just around the same period, Shakespeare also experienced an attack to his play writings by dramatist Robert Greene who left a very infuriating assault to Shakespeare’s works in his death bed. Who can compete with the words of a dying man right? We can only begin to imagine how much harm Greene could have caused Shakespeare by talking about him badly in his very own deathbed. Greene was never a fan of Shakespeare’s works, he describes Shakespeare as a pompous, scheming, vicious ingrate riding the coattails of better writers he adds that Shakespeare is a conceited and insignificant jack of all trades.In Sonnet 29, there Shakespeare poured his feeling of isolation. This feeling causes him to wallow in pain and anger. As narrated in the poem, the speaker wallows in these feelings in isolation as he reflects on his own mishaps as “From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate” the speaker tries to think of better things in life as he isolated himself in the darkness or ‘sullen earth’ as hoped for better things when he said ‘For thy sweet love rememb’red such wealth brings’.It may be true that Sonnet 29 can be rather sad and depressing, but like all of us put in a bitter slump, the speaker in the poem still hopes for better things to come in his life despite his familiarity with mishap. The sonnet simply exemplifies a classic role play of human nature. When a man is in trouble and all hopes is down, you have to withdraw yourself from the world to wallow in pain, but despite this, you remain hopeful knowing that life goes on.Although the display of moving on to better things is not included in Sonnet 29 we know that for the speaker, there is no where to go but up. If that is not what the speaker had hoped for, then we would have heard him talking about death or suicide which clearly stated in the poem that he didn’t.Sonnet 29 was merely a release or a temporary escape of the speaker from the real world that he knows that he will have to eventually face as his life moves on for him to live another day more.Reference:Mabillard, Amanda. “Your Guide to Shakespeare” 28 Oct. 2004. http://shakespeare.about.com/od/studentresources/a/sonnet29guide_2.htm

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