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-- 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.

Theme Index

The poet urges the fair youth to have children, in order to perserve his beauty for the ages.
1: "From fairest creatures we desire increase"
2: "When forty winters shall besiege thy brow"
3: "Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest"
4: "Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend"
5: "Those hours that with gentle work did frame"
6: "Then let not winter's ragged hand deface"
7: "Lo, in the orient when the gracious light"
8: "Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?"
9: "Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye"
10: "As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou growest"
11: "As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou growest"
12: "When I do count the clock that tells the time"
13: "O, that you were yourself! but, love, you are"
14: "Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck"
16: "But wherefore do not you a mightier way"
17: "Who will believe my verse in time to come"
The poet asserts that his poetry will perserve the beauty of his beloved against the ravages of time.
15: "When I consider every thing that grows"
18: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
19: "Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws"
54: "O, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem"
55: "Not marble, nor the gilded monuments"
60: "Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore"
63: "Against my love shall be, as I am now"
65: "Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea"
81: "Or I shall live your epitaph to make"
100: "Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long"
101: "O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends"
107: "Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul"
108: "What's in the brain that ink may character"
The poet speaks of the sincerity of his love and his love poetry.
21: "So is it not with me as with that Muse"
23: "As an unperfect actor on the stage"
32: "If thou survive my well-contented day"
76: "Why is my verse so barren of new pride"
82: "I grant thou wert not married to my Muse"
83: "I never saw that you did painting need"
125: "Were't aught to me I bore the canopy"
The poet sends love poetry to his beloved.
23: "As an unperfect actor on the stage"
26: "Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage"
The poet wrestles with the problem that he is quite a bit older than the one he loves.
22: "My glass shall not persuade me I am old"
62: "Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye"
63: "Against my love shall be, as I am now"
73: "That time of year thou mayst in me behold"
138: "When my love swears that she is made of truth"
The poet affirms the joyful power of love.
25: "Let those who are in favour with their stars"
29: "When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes"
30: "When to the sessions of sweet silent thought"
91: "Some glory in their birth, some in their skill"
116: "Let me not to the marriage of true minds "
A distance separates the poet and his beloved.
27: "Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed"
28: "How can I then return in happy plight"
43: "When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see"
44: "If the dull substance of my flesh were thought"
45: "The other two, slight air and purging fire"
48: "How careful was I, when I took my way"
50: "How heavy do I journey on the way"
51: "Thus can my love excuse the slow offence"
52: "So am I as the rich, whose blessed key"
56: "Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said"
61: "Is it thy will thy image should keep open"
97: "How like a winter hath my absence been"
98: "From you have I been absent in the spring"
113: "Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind"
The image of his beloved lives in the poet's mind, changing the way he views the world.
27: "Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed"
113: "Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind"
114: " Or whether doth my mind, being crown'd with you"
The poet speaks to the fair youth about how he should feel about the poet's death.
32: "If thou survive my well-contented day"
66: "Tir'd with all these, for restful death I cry"
71: "No longer mourn for me when I am dead"
72: "O, lest the world should task you to recite"
73: "That time of year thou mayst in me behold"
74: "But be contented: when that fell arrest"
The poet has loved and lost.
33: "Full many a glorious morning have I seen"
87: "Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing"
There's a love triangle: the fair youth is dallying with a woman beloved by the poet.
35: "No more be griev'd at that which thou hast done"
40: "Take all my loves, my love, yea take them all"
41: "Those pretty wrongs that liberty commits"
42: "That thou hast her, it is not all my grief"
133: "Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan"
134: "So, now I have confess'd that he is thine"
144: "Two loves I have of comfort and despair"
There is a debate between the poet's eye and heart over which one has the best claim to the poet's beloved.
46: "Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war"
47: "Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took"
The poet compares his beloved to precious treasure.
48: "How careful was I, when I took my way"
52: "So am I as the rich, whose blessed key"
75: "So are you to my thoughts as food to life"
The poet praises the beauty of his beloved.
53: "What is your substance, whereof are you made"
59: "If there be nothing new, but that which is"
62: "Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye"
67: "Ah! wherefore with infection should he live"
68: "Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn"
99: "The forward violet thus did I chide"
106: "When in the chronicle of wasted time"
The poet complains of his slavery to love.
57: "Being your slave, what should I do but tend"
58: "That god forbid that made me first your slave"
118: "Like as to make our appetites more keen"
The poet is jealous, and suspects that his beloved may be involved with others.
57: "Being your slave, what should I do but tend"
58: "That god forbid that made me first your slave"
61: "Is it thy will thy image should keep open"
69: "Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view"
70: "That thou art blamed shall not be thy defect"
93: "So shall I live, supposing thou art true"
The poet mourns the fact that his beloved will die.
64: "When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced"
126: "O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power"
The poet speaks of his beloved as the inspiration of his poetry.
76: "Why is my verse so barren of new pride"
78: "So oft have I invok'd thee for my Muse "
79: "Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid"
100: "Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long"
101: "O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends"
105: "Let not my love be call'd idolatry"
108: "What's in the brain that ink may character"
The poet gives advice about what to do about the destructive power of time.
77: "Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear"
There is a rival poet (and sometimes more than one) who is writing verse in praise of the poet's beloved.
78: "So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse"
79: "Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid"
80: "O, how I faint when I of you do write"
82: "I grant thou wert not married to my Muse"
83: "I never saw that you did painting need"
84: "Who is it that says most? which can say more"
85: "My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still"
86: "Was it the proud full sail of his great verse"
The poet fears he will be abandoned by his beloved.
87: "Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing"
88: "When thou shalt be disposed to set me light"
89: "Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault"
90: "Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now"
91: "Some glory in their birth, some in their skill"
92: "But do thy worst to steal thyself away"
93: "So shall I live, supposing thou art true"
94: "They that have pow'r to hurt and will do none"
95: "How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame"
The poet finds that the beauty of his beloved is deceptive.
93: "So shall I live, supposing thou art true"
94: "They that have pow'r to hurt and will do none"
95: "How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame "
96: "Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness"
The poet feels that he is losing his touch; his poetic output is dwindling and seems inadequate.
101: "O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends"
102: "My love is strength'ned, though more weak in seeming"
103: "Alack, what poverty my Muse brings forth"
105: "Let not my love be call'd idolatry"
The poet proclaims that the beauty of his beloved will never be surpassed.
104: "To me, fair friend, you never can be old"
106: "When in the chronicle of wasted time"
The poet proclaims that his beloved is his all in all.
108: "What's in the brain that ink may character"
109: "O, never say that I was false of heart"
112: "Your love and pity doth th' impression fill"
The poet has strayed from his devotion to his beloved.
110: "Alas, 'tis true I have gone here and there"
117: "Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all"
118: "Like as to make our appetites more keen"
119: "What potions have I drunk of Siren tears"
120: "That you were once unkind befriends me now"
The poet reacts to a stain on his reputation.
111: "O, for my sake do you with Fortune chide"
112: "Your love and pity doth th' impression fill"
121: " 'Tis better to be vile than vile esteemed"
The poet says that his love can overcome the destructive power of time.
115: "Those lines that I before have writ do lie"
116: "Let me not to the marriage of true minds"
122: "Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain"
123: "No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change"
124: "If my dear love were but the child of state"
The poet speaks of the power of the unconventional beauty of his mistress (the "Dark Lady").
127: "In the old age black was not counted fair"
130: "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"
131: "Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art"
132: "Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me"
134: "If thy soul check thee that I come so near"
137: "Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes"
138: "When my love swears that she is made of truth"
139: "O, call not me to justify the wrong"
141: "In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes"
148: "O me! what eyes hath Love put in my head"
The Dark Lady is untrue to him, and the poet, still in love with her, struggles to deal with that.
138: "When my love swears that she is made of truth"
139: "O, call not me to justify the wrong"
140: "Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press"
142: "Love is my sin and thy dear virtue hate"
143: "Lo! as a careful huswife runs to catch"
144: "Two loves I have of comfort and despair"
147: "My love is as a fever, longing still"
149: "Canst thou, O cruel, say I love thee not"
150: "O, from what pow'r hast thou this pow'rful might"
151: "Love is too young to know what conscience is"
152: "In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn"
The Dark Lady tosses the poet a crumb of affection.
145: "Those lips that Love's own hand did make"
Two pretty sonnets about Cupid.
153: "Cupid laid by his brand, and fell asleep"
154: "The little Love-god lying once asleep"