My love is as a fever, longing still

Shakespeare, William

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Sonnet

Annotated by:
Chen, Irene
Aull, Felice
  • Date of entry: May-07-2001
  • Last revised: Sep-01-2006


The unrequited love of the narrator is compared to a devastating fever. Reason, "the physician," is ignored and cannot abate the disease. Without reason, madness (fever) reigns; and the poet renounces his beloved as "black as hell, as dark as night."

Primary Source

The Histories and Poems of Shakespeare


Random House

Place Published

New York


V. 2, Modern Library