Some insights, themes and ideas for interpretation
Sonnet 29 is essentially a love poem
The sentiments expressed in the first stanza of the video are familiar territory for most - especially at times of misfortune or sorrow when it is tempting to perceive others as being more successful, more popular and better connected than oneself.
The poet wishes he might possess the opportunities, the friends and even the features of others more highly regarded.
He has a significant change of heart, however, during the final stanza when he thinks on the person he loves and who, it is presumed, does admire and value him in return.
The thought of his beloved has an uplifting quality that allows the poet to rise above petty jealousies and personal inadequacies towards a state of euphoria.
So great is the extent of his feelings that it outweighs even the greatest worldly temptations. He would not even change his state with a king.
The redeeming power of love.
Type of Poem = a Shakespearean Sonnet, a 14-line poem which develops ideas as it goes and reaches a satisfying conclusion.
Stanzas = three 4-line stanzas followed by a final couplet (two rhyming lines)
Rhyme Scheme = ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.
Meter = iambic pentameter (5 stressed and 5 unstressed syllables per line)