When forty winters shall besiege thy brow,
And dig deep trenches in thy beauty’s field,
Thy youth’s proud livery so gazed on now,
Will be a totter’d weed of small worth held:
Then being asked, where all thy beauty lies,
Where all the treasure of thy lusty days;
To say, within thine own deep sunken eyes,
Were an all-eating shame, and thriftless praise.
How much more praise deserv’d thy beauty’s use,
If thou couldst answer ‘This fair child of mine
Shall sum my count, and make my old excuse,’
Proving his beauty by succession thine!
This were to be new made when thou art old,
And see thy blood warm when thou feel’st it cold.
In Sonnet 2 the plot of the sonnet is the beauty of youth. A woman follows a couple and their baby to explain how beautiful youths can be. Also that children should be praised and taken care of. The sonnet is using phrases like “Thy youth’s proud livery so gazed on now” and “Proving his beauty by succession thine!”. These two lines are describing children in general and how it is a beautiful as anything else in the world. I personally had a hard time figuring out what they meant by this. It was hard to breakdown each line and define all the more complex words in the sonnet. I respect Shakespeare’s sonnets and writings because they were highly advanced for the time and still is hard to understand to this day.