Sonnet 121

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  • 1. Sonnet 121Presentation by Sam Smiley

2. Tis better to be vilethan vile esteemed. 3. Tis better to be vile than vile esteemed, When not to be receives reproach of being,And the just pleasures lost which is so deemed Not by our feeling but by others seeing. 4. Weisers Inverted FormWhen not to be receives reproach of being And the just pleasure lost, which is so deemed Not by our feeling but by others seeing(Then) tis better to be Vile than Vile esteemed 5. ThemeBecause of this the main theme is notunderstood until after the entire sonnet hasbeen read. 6. vile 7. DefinitionMorally despicable or abhorrentDisgustingly or utterly bad 8. Vile Esteemed 9. ExpertsCrucial and Difficult- G. Wilson Knight 10. Hilton Landry3 Interpretations Rebuttal against PuritansRebuttal against the World Moral Relativity 11. 1st InterpretationAn indignant protest againstPuritan attacks on the stage 12. 2nd InterpretationDirected against all thosewho judge the poet adversely. 13. Hypocrisy One of the major themes of the sonnet 14. 3rd InterpretationSome kind of beyond-good- and-evil claim. 15. Works CitedFlickr, Tehsi, Puritan 6842/sizes/m/in/photostream/Flickr, @boetter, Thinking RFID 277810/sizes/m/in/photostream/ 16. Flickr, Fresh Conservative, Joseph Gulag Stalin /3882535030/sizes/m/in/photostream/Flickr, Duke Yearbook, Blue Devil Decal 47205405/sizes/z/in/photostream/ 17. Flickr, radiowood2000, St. Joan of Arc 323457/sizes/z/in/photostream/Flickr, thisisbossi, 8993- St. Petersburg 17301/sizes/m/in/photostream/ 18. Flickr, Leo Reynolds, swatsika sizes/m/in/photostream/Flickr, Robert Couse-Baker, America, the beautiful 5903222975/sizes/m/in/photostream/ 19. Flickr, Andrew F. Scott, Gavel 38/sizes/m/in/photostream/D. Weiser, Theme and Structure in ShakespearesSonnet 121. Studies in Philology 75, 142-143,146. (1978) 20. No Fear Shakespeare, Sonnet 121 els esdeveniments a lIran, Manuel