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Sonnet 40: Take All My Loves, My Love, Yea, Take Them All

Sonnet 40: Take All My Loves, My Love, Yea, Take Them All

Update: 2023-06-18
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With his forcefully forgiving Sonnet 40, William Shakespeare finally connects us right back to Sonnet 35 and sets out on a short sequence which explains with startling frankness what has happened and what should now, and, more to the point, should not now be the consequence of this. That Shakespeare feels desolate about his lover's 'ill deeds' is beyond doubt, as is the fact that this sonnet goes straight to the heart of the matter: love. This poet, who has the greatest vocabulary of any writer in the English language if not ever then certainly up until then uses the word 'love' ten times here – more often than in any other sonnet – to mean either the emotion itself or whoever may be this other person or indeed these other people whom he directs this emotion towards in a relationship that has suddenly become at the very least triangular in the most spectacular fashion.

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Sonnet 40: Take All My Loves, My Love, Yea, Take Them All

Sonnet 40: Take All My Loves, My Love, Yea, Take Them All

Sebastian Michael