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Updated: Aug 25, 2020


From fairest creatures we desire increase,

That thereby beauty’s rose might never die,

But as the riper should by time decease,

His tender heir might bear his memory;

But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,

Feed’st thy light’s flame with self-substantial fuel,

Making a famine where abundance lies,

Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.

Thou that art now the world’s fresh ornament

And only herald to the gaudy spring,

Within thine own bud buriest thy content,

And, tender churl, mak’st waste in niggarding.

Pity the world, or else this glutton be,

To eat the world’s due, by the grave and thee.


Some people are the examples of beautiful creations like the young man who wanted to procreate to multiply in number so that the rising of beauty might never die. But time always aged the people to departure from life and his memory might be carried by his young heir. But the young man being selfish interested in his own desires is burning up his beauty by being single. He is under-supplying the beauty which is in large quantity by being cruel to his own self. Thus he turned out to be his own enemy. He is something like an ornament and the sign of the showy spring who is going to decorate this world. But without blooming colourfully, the young man is burying his beauty like a flower bud. He is living like a miser-mean-being and wasting his beauty without sharing it. So the poet asks him to show some pity on the world because of his greed he is consuming his beauty to his grave which the world deserves and expects .

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