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Philip and Weller hugging

Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Notes for Shakespeare's Sonnet 14


1. judgment pluck: draw conclusions.

2. have astronomy: i.e., have mastered astrology.

3. tell of: accurately predict.

4. seasons' quality: i.e., the seasonal weather, such as a wet Spring, or a hot Summer.

5. fortune to brief minutes tell: predict the course of events down to the last minute.

6. 'Pointing to each his thunder, rain and wind: appointing to each (minute) its thunder, rain and wind.

8. oft predict: frequent signs and omens.

10-11. in them I read such art / As truth and beauty shall together thrive: i.e., in your eyes I can see a creative power which promises to produce both truth and beauty.

12. If from thyself to store thou wouldst convert: i.e., if you would change from being only yourself to producing plenty of children.

14. doom and date: destruction and expiration date.