Summary and Analysis Sonnet 44


Sonnet 44 and the following one form a continuous theme involving the four basic elements of matter according to Elizabethan science: earth, water, air, and fire. Sonnet 44 deals with earth and water, and Sonnet 45 with air and fire.

In Sonnet 44, the poet laments his physical distance from the young man. He argues that if his body were made of only thoughts, then all he would have to do is think about the youth and they would be together. However, although the poet's mind is free to travel, he fails to come to grips with any tangible reality in the youth.

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How many of Shakespeare's sonnets dwell on a religious theme?


I never met my grandma, who my mom says lives in a hovel and wants her to move in with us. Then I saw that word in Frankenstein. What's a hovel? I thought it was like a place that had room service.

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