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Sonnet 30 Summary & Analysis
by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 30 Summary & Analysis
by William Shakespeare

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“Sonnet 30” was written by the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare. First published in 1609 as part of a sequence of 154 sonnets, “Sonnet 30” was most likely written in the early 1590s. At this time, Shakespeare was a young playwright, recently arrived in London. Despite its author’s youth and inexperience, the poem broods on life's disappointments. For the speaker of the poem, even thinking about such sorrows brings them back with all their original pain and power. Only one thing offers solace and comfort in the face of such pain—the love the speaker feels for a “dear friend.”

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