Summary and Analysis Sonnet 47



In Sonnet 46, conflict between the eyes and heart is the theme. In Sonnet 47, these organs complement one another. The sonnet, rather uninspired compared to many of Shakespeare's sonnets, contrasts the actual and imaginary youth: "So, either by thy picture or my love, / Thyself away are present still with me." When the poet grows melancholy for the young man, he simply looks at the youth's image, and his love for his friend is rejuvenated.