This poem brings up multiple questions for me. One question that seems to keep infiltrating my mind is, how is one’s value judged. The poem doesn’t directly answer my question, but it hints at it instead. From what I understand, a spirit is judged on how they are perceived in human form. How the person interacts with those around them and what actions they did. Someone’s value is also judged on their true motives.
The very first line of the poem plays a significant role in the poem. This line introduces the poem and sets the mood and tone. The line is “Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame” (shakespeare, stanza 1). My thought on this poem is This line has a lot different interpreting. Each meaning changes the poem in different ways. The idea that a spirits value is based of how shame it creates is very interesting. What creates shame is a very controversial topic. What brings shame to one’s self or family changes on the person’s ideology therefore this “value” system of a spirit is quite biased and controversial.
This poem’s first line touches on the idea of shame and value of a spirit. One thing that plays into value and shame would be trust and how one acts towards another person. Line 4 touches on this idea. Line four says, “Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,” (shakespeare, stanza 2). For example if you acted rude cruel and savage, nobody would mess with you but at the same time, nobody would trust you. These words all have only terrible endings and they put together has a word popping into my head which is evil. A person with these traits can only mean trouble. This affects one value.
In addition the poems words that were chosen were mostly negative. Shakespeare’s word choice changes the tone and story of the poem. At the time his close friend Christopher marlowe passed a way. By using the negative more depressing words Shakespeare was able to convey his feelings. The word choice also set the mood
I think the word choice and question I have is apart of the poem. I believe the poem is about how one’s life value is judged and whether or not we deserved to be remembered. Christopher Marlowe died and maybe Shakespeare was writing a sonnet to answer and ask that question for himself. Once I reread the poem with that knowledge in mind and paying closer attention to detail, I was able to go more in depth with my thinking. My ideas have been amplified throughout this process of analyzation.