The speaker of William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 29” is probably a poetic persona of the writer. The sonnet is written in the first person, which is clear already from the first lines: “When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, / I all alone beweep my outcast state,” (ll. 1-2). The first part of the sonnet focuses on the speaker’s state of mind.
In the first two stanzas, the speaker expresses a deep sense of despair and hopelessness, feeling isolated and alone in the world:
When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate, (ll. 1-4)
The speaker wishes he was different and envies those who seem to have more success and happines...