Sonnet ii when forty winters shall besiege thy brow, and dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field, thy youth's proud livery so gazed on now, will be a totter'd weed of small proving, by his beauty, that he succeeds you as an heir to your beauty proving also has the meaning of 'testing, trying out' which may be relevant here. Sonnet 2 continues from where sonnet 1 left off, dealing once again with the transience of human beauty and how to achieve the permanence or continuity. The whole point of sonnet 2 is to talk the young man it's addressing into having a kid shakespeare starts out by trying to scare this young man a little bit, to make him think about what it will be like to be old he warns him that even though he is handsome now, his good looks just won't last he'll get wrinkles, his eyes will. When you ask what is the most important theme in sonnet ii you imply that there are more themes than one i suppose a sonnet can be read and understood in this light i suppose that then the response might that the themes are what happens to beauty's field and youth's livery after forty winters, that's forty more. Sonnet ii by charlotte smith written at the close of spring the garlands fade that spring so lately wove each simple flower which she had nursed in dew anemonies that spangled page.
Sonnet 2: when forty winters shall besiege thy brow by william shakespeare when forty winters shall besiege thy brow and dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field thy youth's proud livery, so gazed on now will be a tattered weed, of small worth held then being asked where all thy beauty lies— where all the treasure. [astrophil and stella, sonnet 2] so, perhaps all of that wets your appetite for astrophil and stella if possible, i recommend alan sinfeld's essay, sexual puns in atrophil and stella part i of this essay, sidney and astrophil is also worth reading and for an analysis of all of sidney's sonnets: blogging. Read the unnamed sonnet 2 by william shakespeare, the great 16th century english poet includes a short analysis of the writing.
A critical reading of a shakespeare sonnet the shakespeare sonnet that begins ' when forty winters shall besiege thy brow' is sonnet 2 of 154, and the second in a series of 'procreation sonnets' it's a poem about ageing, and about the benefits of having children – continuing the argument begun in the. Shakespeare - analysis of sonnet 2 in sonnet 2, shakespeare stresses to his lover that beauty will not last, and that it is selfish and foolish for anyone not to prepare for the loss of beauty and youth by having a child to carry on unsurpassed beauty the sonnet can be cynically seen as shakespeare's attempt to get his lover.
Summary of section i (lines 1-8) of the poem sonnet 2 line-by-line analysis. Sonnet 2 analysis the sonnets by shakespeare convince a young, handsome friend of shakespeare's to have children to forever keep his beauty alive however this changes after a number of sonnets shakespeare stresses that this beauty will not last, and that it is selfish and foolish for him not to prepare for the loss of his. Translation of “sonnet ii” from louise labé's euvres (1555) michael ursell university of california, santa cruz ii o brown eyes, beautiful, o glances turned away, o hot sighs, o tears poured out, o black nights awaited in vain, o daylight come back again in vain: o sad laments, o obstinate desires, o time lost, o pains spent.