Sonnet 147:My love is a fever, longing still By: William Shakespeare Interpretation and Analysis By: Alex Plavin
Line 1 Interpretation“My love is as a fever longing still,”His passion for her is a fever or disease that isnot cured and will not end.Shakespeare is in love with a woman, who isimmoral and he understands the relationshiphas to end. He is having trouble forgetting herand moving on.
Line 2“For that which longer nurseth the disease;”Love is a germ and takes long to be cured andforgotten.Shakespeare is hearing one thing from his logicand another thing from his heart. His love istaking longer to cure, because of the way hefeels.
Line 3“Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill,”Feeding or wanting his lover prevents his lovefrom ending.He wants this woman, but he knows she iswrong for her. He wants that forbidden woman,which causes his love for her to be unbearable. Want her!
Line 4“The uncertain sickly appetite to please.”His heart is unpleased and wants her. His sexualdesires for her are strong and existent.Shakespeare goes nuts over this woman and hisheart is taking over his sense.
Line 5“My reason, the physician to my love,”His thoughts or reasoning act as the doctor totreat the love.He wants his judgment to be based sole on hisbrain.
Line 6“Angry that his prescription are not kept,”Angry that the prescriptions, his logic to curehim is not working.He is left with his heart being the doctor andthoughts of a mad man.
Line 7“Hath left me, and I desperate now approve,”His reason has left him and he is left with noinstruction.His desires are taking over, and he is left with nocure.
Line 8“Desire is death, which physic did expect.”Love and passion are destructive. Hislogic/doctor does not approve but it warnedhim.
Line 9“Past cure I am, now reason is past cure.”He is past the stage of worrying and his logic isno longer curing.His logic is no longer a part of his decisions.
Line 10“And frantic-mad with evermore unrest.”He is mad because his love for her is increasing.He doesn’t understand why he is acting sofoolishly and acts in such a way to try overcomehis love for her. He loses self confidence andsanity after taking his love for her too far.
Line 11“My thoughts and my discourse as madmen’sare.”His thoughts and speech are crazy and not of anormal man.His disease of love is taking over his mentalbalance and is causing him to change his feelingsand his way of speaking.
Line 12“At random from the truth vainly express’d.”His thoughts/statements are far from the truthand are spoken foolishly and with no purpose.His heart is far from the truth and unaware ofthe logical truth.
Line 13“For I have sworn thee fair and thought theebright.”For he thought she was beautiful, bright andpale.Shakespeares expectation of the appearance ofhis lover. He believes she has thosecharacteristics and features.
Line 14“Who are as black as hell, as dark as night.”Now that he thinks about it, she was a dark ashell and not the right girl.Shakespeare now believes she is bad news andnot worth his love. His thoughts of her are farfrom what he expects. In the end, hisrelationship is on the path of destruction afterhis realization.
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