Shakespearean Sonnet #69 By: mark fox

Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view, Want nothing that the thought of hearts can mend.......................................... -This means that the world doesn't want anything that cant be fixed or put right.

All tongues, the voice of souls, give thee that due, Uttering bare truth, even so as foes commend..................................................... -This means they are wishing everyone a good end and that they speak only truth so much that even the enemy admits its the truth.

Thy outward thus with outward praise is crown'd, But those same tongues, that give thee so thine own........................................ -This means the speaker of line 3 is getting his dues.

In other accents do this praise confound, By seeing farther than the eye hath shown.......................................................... -This is saying that they have hints that confuse them and they are looking into the heart.

They look into the beauty of thy mind, And that in guess they measure by thy deeds;...... -They are talking about how beautiful the mind is and the deeds it can do.

Then, churls, their thoughts, although their eyes were kind, To thy fair flower add the rank smell of weeds:.................................... -When they were thinking they still had kind eyes and the rank smell of weed is like death.

But why thy odour matcheth not thy show, The soil is this, that thou dost common grow............................................................ -This is a reference to another one of Shakespears sonnets.

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