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Sonnet 93: So Shall I Live, Supposing Thou Art True

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So shall I live, supposing thou art true,
Like a deceived husband; so love's face
May still seem love to me, though altered new;
Thy looks with me, thy heart in other place:
For there can live no hatred in thine eye,
Therefore in that I cannot know thy change.
In many's looks, the false heart's history
Is writ in moods, and frowns, and wrinkles strange.
But heaven in thy creation did decree
That in thy face sweet love should ever dwell;

Whate'er thy thoughts, or thy heart's workings be,
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Fabrizio Frosini 24 February 2016

.shakespeares-sonnets.com/ This sonnet, continuing from the previous one, directly addresses a question which was always of great interest to Shakespeare: 'How can a person be other than they seem to be to the outward senses? What laws of nature permit hypocrisy to be such a determining factor in human relationships? ' In the plays the drama is played out through the fictitious characters of a Macbeth, or an Iago, or Antonio, the usurping brother of Prospero in The Tempest. Here the reality is closer to home and the beloved himself, whose appearance is all light and virtue, threatens to be as deceitful as the serpent who betrayed Eve. The question of the youth's unfaithfulness remains unanswered, and the poet remains in the same uncertainty as before, nursing his imaginary wounds, and pondering the bitterness of love.

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Fabrizio Frosini 24 February 2016

.. 11. Whate'er thy thoughts, or thy heart's workings be, Whate'er = whatever. thy heart's workings = your inner thoughts and emotions. The heart, then as now, was often thought of as the seat of the emotions, especially in relation to love. 12. Thy looks should nothing thence, but sweetness tell. Thy looks = your appearance, loving glances from you. thence = coming from your heart. tell = give an account of, record, count up. 13. How like Eve's apple doth thy beauty grow, Eve's apple typified the object of fair appearance that was inwardly harmful or evil. Eating the fruit of the forbidden tree resulted in the expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise and other evil consequences. According to Genesis, Eve was deceived by the serpent (the devil) and persuaded that by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree she would have knowledge of good and evil. The fruit was pleasant to look at, but the consequences of eating it were disastrous. See Genesis.3.6: And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Traditionally the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was thought to be an apple, and all paintings show it as such. 14. If thy sweet virtue answer not thy show! virtue = inner essence, moral character. Also with a reference to behaviour and adherence to moral precepts. answer not = does not correspond to. thy show = your outward appearance, your outward behaviour, as distinct from your inner motivations. .shakespeares-sonnets.com/

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Brian Jani 26 April 2014

Awesome I like this poem, check mine out

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