The speaker in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 3 muses on how unlikely it seems that a plain singer such as herself would begin a relationship with a person who has attracted royalty.
The speaker dramatically begs forgiveness for not immediately recognizing the true worth of her belovèd.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 5 from Sonnets from the Portuguese focuses on the speaker's lack of confidence that her budding relationship will continue to grow.
The speaker in Sonnet 13 muses on the idea of composing a verse about her newly found emotion of love, but she hesitates for she fears touching the grief that still molests her.
Sonnet 54 finds the speaker averring that the beautiful are only beautiful as they feature soul truth. His claims remain reminiscent of the old adage, "beauty is only skin deep."
The speaker of sonnet 10 is beginning to reason that despite her flaws, the transformative power of love can change her negative, dismissive attitude.
The speaker in Johnson's sonnet, "Mother Night," likens his own existence and protection to that of the planets—all are created and protected by the same Divine Entity.
The speaker/poet of Sonnet 36 again addresses his poem, dramatizing the unique duality of unity and separation, as the artist experiences those two phenomena.
The speaker in Hayden's "Monet's Waterlilies" finds solace while viewing the artistry of the French Impressionist, Claude Monet.
The speaker is still walking the path to self-acceptance, still looking for the courage to believe in her own good fortune at finding a love that she wants to deserve.