Sonnet 40: Take All My Loves, My Love, Yea, Take Them All Poem by William Shakespeare

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

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Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all;
What hast thou then more than thou hadst before?
No love, my love, that thou mayst true love call;
All mine was thine, before thou hadst this more.
Then if for my love, thou my love receivest,
I cannot blame thee, for my love thou usest;
But yet be blamed, if thou thy self deceivest
By wilful taste of what thy self refusest.
I do forgive thy robbery, gentle thief,
Although thou steal thee all my poverty;
And yet love knows it is a greater grief
To bear love's wrong, than hate's known injury.
Lascivious grace, in whom all ill well shows,
Kill me with spites; yet we must not be foes.

Brian Jani 26 April 2014

Awesome I like this poem, check mine out

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Indira Renganathan 17 February 2017

The usage of archaic form of words sounds interesting and stands unique from today's style of of Shakespeare's master-poems indeed

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Tom Allport 17 February 2017

a sad poem of one love being stronger than the other?

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Bernard F. Asuncion 17 February 2017

The only one William Shakespeare! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing....

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Chinedu Dike 17 February 2017

Absolute delight! Beautiful romantic piece with rendition of words to utmost justice. A lovely poem from the master.

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Jillian Mccambridge 12 June 2023

Interesting and confusion.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 12 June 2023

THREE: Altogether, we as readers enjoy as much as Shakespeare did in his time while creating this, at least to my humble opinion

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Sylvia Frances Chan 12 June 2023

TWO: 'Take all my loves, my love, yes take them all'. In the following lines how Shakespeare's relationship with the fair youth has been changed by the 40th sonnet in the series.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 12 June 2023

ONE: Of all Shakespeare's Sonnets, Sonnet 40 is perhaps the most ruthlessly focused on 'love': the word itself recurs ten times in the sonnet, twice in the poem's opening line:

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Ramesh T A 17 February 2017

It is a great grief to bear love's wrong but not the injury of hate and let not lovers become foes says Shakespeare as a significant message here!

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