Sonnet 30 is commonly believed to be talking aboutt 'How Shakespeare's mood gets lifted when he thinks of his friend' (common believed to be fair youth).

So while reading on the topic I came across an article from Owlcation, which I believe should be a credible source: Shakespeare Sonnet 30: "When to the sessions of sweet silent thought" by Linda Sue Grimes. The article offers another view, the article says the above is a misinterpretation and that the author is actually talking about his talent. Which is the right interpretation?

  • Almost all of the first 126 sonnets are love poems to somebody (generally thought to be a young man). Why should this one should be an exception?
    – Peter Shor
    Nov 25 '21 at 15:29
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    Welcome to the site! You ask about "the right interpretation", but that presupposes that a piece of literature has a single "right" interpretation, which very often isn't the case. It would be better to ask for the evidence supporting one or another interpretation.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Nov 25 '21 at 19:06
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    I think this question is perfectly fine as-is. The idea that poems have a "right interpretation" is commonplace, so it's reasonable to expect people to ask questions based on it. A good answer would of course problematize the idea. Nov 27 '21 at 19:35

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