"Sonnet 55" by William Shakespeare

In this sonnet, the speaker explains his poetry will be enduring monument to his beloved.
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  1. gilded
    made from or covered with gold
    Not marble nor the gilded monuments
    Of princes shall outlive this powerful rhyme,
    But you shall shine more bright in these contents
    Than unswept stone besmeared with sluttish time.
  2. content
    everything that is included in a collection
    Not marble nor the gilded monuments
    Of princes shall outlive this powerful rhyme,
    But you shall shine more bright in these contents
    Than unswept stone besmeared with sluttish time.
  3. masonry
    the craft of building with stone or brick
    When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
    And broils root out the work of masonry,
    Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn
    The living record of your memory.
    In this passage, broils means "disturbances" or "quarrels."
  4. oblivious
    lacking conscious awareness of
    ’Gainst death and all- oblivious enmity
    Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
    Even in the eyes of all posterity
    That wear this world out to the ending doom.
  5. enmity
    a state of deep-seated ill-will
    ’Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
    Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
    Even in the eyes of all posterity
    That wear this world out to the ending doom.
  6. pace
    walk with slow or fast steps
    ’Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
    Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
    Even in the eyes of all posterity
    That wear this world out to the ending doom.
  7. posterity
    all future generations
    ’Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
    Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
    Even in the eyes of all posterity
    That wear this world out to the ending doom.
  8. doom
    an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
    ’Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
    Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
    Even in the eyes of all posterity
    That wear this world out to the ending doom.
  9. arise
    move upward
    So, till the Judgement that yourself arise,
    You live in this, and dwell in lovers’ eyes.
  10. dwell
    inhabit or live in
    So, till the Judgement that yourself arise,
    You live in this, and dwell in lovers’ eyes.
Created on August 21, 2019 (updated August 21, 2019)

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