Sonnet 75 By: William Shakespeare So are you to my thoughts as food to life, Or as sweet-season'd showers are to the ground; And

for the peace of you I hold such strife As 'twixt a miser and his wealth is found. Now proud as an enjoyer, and anon Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure; Now counting best to be with you alone, Then better'd that the world may see my pleasure: Sometime all full with feasting on your sight, And by and by clean starved for a look; Possessing or pursuing no delight Save what is had, or must from you be took. Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day, Or gluttoning on all, or all away.

Vocabulary Words: Strife- Angy or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict. Filching- to steal something Surfeit-uncomfortably full or crapulous feeling due t o excessive eating. Delighta high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; Gluttoning-a person who eats and drinks excessivel y or voraciously. Feasting - Eat and drink sumptuously.

Then thinking that the world should see how happy I am. Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day. really .) .in some ways. but soon Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure. Now counting best to be with you alone. longing or obsession (depending on how you want to read the poem). of course. in essence. sometimes I'm starved (i. Or as spring showers are to the ground. The closing couplet takes the turn that much further (or harder. either way. It's not much of a turn. and in a way that explores various degrees of love. he does switch from simply saying "it's like food." (That last one is from Oscar Wilde. About the form: Why. similarly. Or as sweet-season'd showers are to the ground. Now proud as an enjoyer and anon Who takes joy in his wealth. As food is to the body so are you to my soul and mind. or volta. perhaps you prefer its opposite: "Moderation is a fatal thing. saying. depending on whether you are here or gone". the poet has no delight except what is given to him by his beloved. In the next four.on Thanksgiving and the tradition of eating (or in many cases. not so much). if you prefer). The turn.You're as necessary to me as food is to life or rain is to the earth. I hope you'll all remember this old adage: "All things in moderation. or all away. Nothing succeeds like excess." Then again.. And so I starve or feed to excess depending on the day. Now thinking it best to have you alone. "because of you I take turns missing you or having too much of you all day. or rain. he can't decide whether he'd rather keep his beloved at home and to himself. he frets and worries that he'll lose his fortune over time. but at others. or not having you at all. That said.e. Only he has. or be seen and admired by the world at large. Sometime all full with feasting on your sight At one moment wholly satisfied by feasting on your sight And by and by clean starved for a look. and thinking about you is the same sort of peaceless situation as a miser has with his wealth. Having or seeking no pleasure Save what is had or must from you be took. Then better'd that the world may see my pleasure. sometimes I see you a lot and/or get a lot of attention from you. Either gorging on you.and perhaps too much time with at least some family . it's just a further expansion of his earlier topics. turns up in the third set of four lines (beginning with "Sometime all full with feasting on your sight"). he introduces to us his two metaphors . Written in iambic pentameter (five iambic feet per line . That said.taDUM taDUM taDUM taDUM taDUM). it's a Shakespearean sonnet of course. he explains that miser thing more sometimes a miser enjoys his hoard. And for the peace of you I hold such strife And for the contentment you bring me I allow such inner strife As 'twixt a miser and his wealth is found. or miserliness" and starts to talk about it on a far more personal level. Fears that ruthless competitors will steal his treasure. Analysis: In the first four lines. this poem seemed just right to me today. overeating). Or gluttoning on all. where he returns to his food analogy: Sometimes I'm glutted with you. Except what you have given me or what I will demand. And the next moment utterly starved for a look at you: Possessing or pursuing no delight. returned to his food metaphor with his use of the idea of gluttony. as per usual. with the rhyme scheme ABABCDCDEFEFGG. and othertimes.So are you to my thoughts as food to life. As the conflict between a miser and his money. Between the tradition of spending time with family .

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