Explication of Sonnet 144 Essay

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Explication of a Sonnet Sonnet 144 In explication of sonnet 144 I would like to take a drastic change from what seems to be the common view of many in regards to who it is written about and the story behind it. I would like to state first of all that the straight facts about the sonnets are so few and that theories and debates are many. Doubt is cast over nearly every aspect of these sonnets. Arguments from when they were written, whom they were written to, why they were written, and even in many cases the question of who wrote them. The common thought of whom they were written to and why they were written has evolved as of late to reach a view of Shakespeare's sexual love affair with a young man and a mysterious mistress. While …show more content…

One of these headmasters was Simon Hunt, who left Stratford and became a Jesuit, eventually rising to the office of Grand Penitentiary (Mabillard). Shakespeare would have been raised among very theological and religious teachings while learning his literary skills. Shakespeare's literary approach in this sonnet may be more that of a spiritual abstract than that of a plain forward love triangle. By viewing Shakespeare's sonnet 144 with a bias religiosity we can view an interpretation that creates a picture of human struggle that is very much apparent in many of Shakespeare's plays. The use of the terms "spirits" ( Line 2) and "angels" (Line 3) as they "suggest" (Line 2) or as they council and tempt him echo the spiritual conflict present in the Christian Bible. As the Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Galatians, "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would"(Holy Bible Galatians 5:17). Here personifying the nature of the "Spirit" and the nature of the "Flesh", Paul displays an idea of conflicting natures that is also present in his letter to the church in Rome saying this; "When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of

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