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Sonnet 33 Summary & Analysis
by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 33 Summary & Analysis
by William Shakespeare

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"Sonnet 33" is part of a group of Shakespeare's sonnets sometimes known as the "Fair Youth" sequence, which consists of poems addressed to a beautiful and beloved young nobleman. Likely written in the 1590s, this poem was first printed in 1609 in a collection dedicated to a mysterious "Mr. W.H." (whose identity remains uncertain to this day). The speaker of this sonnet is suffering from some serious disillusionment: the young man he loves has betrayed him. But the speaker is also doing his best to forgive his beloved. Even the almighty sun, the speaker reflects, is sometimes marred by clouds—so why should I be surprised that his lover, the sunshine of his life, has proven less than perfect, too? This complex, conflicted poem expresses both mature forgiveness and bitter disappointment.

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