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Sonnet 82

a cornucopia of a book
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A. L. Rowse in his Shakespeare's Sonnets writes: Shakespeare did not think of himself as an intellectual or a progressive, moving with the times.  He was a backward-looking man, with a dream of an older England at heart - it is a theme that comes out again and again in his plays; he was a countryman, with country loyalties, not an urban intellectual - much cleverer than these (though he did not set store by that); he was romantic about Warwickshire and the Forest of Arden.

Giovanni Bellini: Young woman at her toilet, 1515 (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)
I grant thou wert not married to my Muse,
And therefore mayst without attaint o'erlook
The dedicated words which writers use
Of their fair subject, blessing every book. 
Thou art as fair in knowledge as in hue,
Finding thy worth a limit past my praise;
And therefore art enforced to seek anew
Some fresher stamp of the time-bettering days.
And do so, love; yet when they have devis'd,
What strained touches rhetoric can lend,
Thou truly fair, wert truly sympathiz'd
In true plain words, by thy true-telling friend;
  And their gross painting might be better us'd
  Where cheeks need blood; in thee it is abus'd.

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