Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a new sonnet from The Bard. I’ve been insanely busy working five days a week and trying to land a teaching job. I also landed a blogging job with ScreenTek, which is a promotional products business that my friend Paul works at. I’ve since had an interview at a middle school and taught a model lesson to an 8th grade class with the department head, principal, and another teacher watching me. It was pretty nerve wracking, but I did my absolute best and hope to hear back from them soon. At first, I was upset that schools weren’t calling me back, and I was really upset that I did not get the job I had wanted at the high school in my town. It was disappointing, but I tried not to let it bother me. This sonnet reminds me, in a way, of how I felt. I keep having to remind myself, it’s not me! It’s the economy. My whole graduating class is going through the same thing right now, and we just have to keep trying and work hard.
Let those who are in favour with their stars
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars
Unlook’d for joy in that I honour most.
Great princes’ favourites their fair leaves spread
But as the marigold at the sun’s eye,
And in themselves their pride lies buried,
For at a frown they in their glory die.
The painful warrior famoused for fight,
After a thousand victories once foiled,
Is from the book of honour razed quite,
And all the rest forgot for which he toiled:
Then happy I, that love and am beloved,
Where I may not remove nor be removed.
This sonnet talks about how strong warriors and powerful figures in royalty might boast about what they have accomplished, but when their glory fades, so do they. If you’re only known for one thing (being powerful), you don’t have anything to fall back on once your power has ended. It also talks about being proud and boastful. Is it right to talk about how much you’ve achieved in front of others? Is it always right to brag about what you have done? I think that what Shakespeare is trying to tell us is that you should be proud of what you do, but you shouldn’t speak about your successes in order to simply make yourself feel better. You should celebrate, but you shouldn’t make others feel bad about themselves. The last two lines talk about how the speaker is happy that he is loved by someone even though he doesn’t have any exciting things to brag about. He’s lived a simple life, but is satisfied with it. He has his health, his lover, and his family backing him up no matter what. I like the message that this sonnet has. I think that it’s easy to get down on ourselves when we see others landing jobs, making money, or doing anything! This sonnet reminds me to just keep working hard and appreciate what I do have, which is something I try to do every day.