April Showers, Love, Food for Love all in Sonnet #75

So you are to my thoughts as food to lifeor as sweet-seasoned showers are to the ground“So are you to my thoughts as food to life,
Or as sweet-seasoned showers are to the ground” (SON 75)

Tips for Use.  Excellent line for a card or a romantic declaration. It is true that the Sonnet as well as many others were directed to a young man, but the spirit transcends gender limitations. The ‘sweet season’ is April. For literature buffs the first English poet to come out with the sweet-season idea was Chaucer,
“Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote (“sweet showers”)
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote.”
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In the Sonnet. This is the opening of the sonnet, a sprightly allegorical tribute to the young friend who stirs the poet’s emotions. Soon after, the poet sees the negative side of the situation in that he alternates starving with feasting on that same allegorical food.

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