Philip Weller caricature
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


Return
to
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.