Sonnet 29

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,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possess'd,
Desiring this man's art and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate;
For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.



Daniel McCall, a retired anthropologist from Massachusetts, explains what Sonnet 29 means to him and why it's his favorite poem.

Actor Matthew Macfadyen interprets Sonnet 29.

Rufus Wainwright's musical interpretation of Sonnet 29 set to clips from Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.