Read all of Shakespeare’s sonnets below, along with a modern English interpretation of each one. These are intended to offer an easy read-through to aid understanding of the sonnets. There’s no attempt to ‘translate’ Shakespeare’s sonnets word for word, as Shakespeare’s poetry is intense and heavily layered with multiple meanings and use of rhyme, metre, and metaphors – all in iambic pentameter. These Shakespeare sonnet translations offer only the argument of each sonnet and a general impression of the main sense, whilst following each line and image as a modern version. Take your pick from the list of Shakespeare sonnets below (or learn how to write a sonnet of your own!):
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