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Sonnet 71: No longer mourn for me when I am dead Summary & Analysis
by William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare wrote "Sonnet 71" in the 1590s as part of his "Fair Youth" sonnet sequence, which details the speaker's romantic relationship with an anonymous lover. On its own, "Sonnet 71" functions as a love poem in which the speaker urges the lover not to spend too much time in mourning after the speaker dies. Some readers believe that this selfless sentiment isn't genuine and that the speaker actually wants the lover to never move on from their relationship. However, this interpretation largely draws upon elements from other sonnets in the "Fair Youth" sequence, making the argument difficult to defend when analyzing "Sonnet 71" on its own.

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