We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your visiting.“But the while I think on thee (dear friend) all losses are restored, and sorrows end” (lines 15-16).
The title is where it all begins, “When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought”, the title itself sets the mood in which the reader can almost feel as if they are being taken back into their own thoughts and memories.
This single line helps set the rest of the sonnet up, line one derives from the title by starting again with the line “When to the sessions of sweet silent thought”, but can it really be said that that is the title an first line.
“I summon up remembrance of things past” (2) quite simply means in modern English, “I remember the things that happened in the past”. 2013 In my survey of Shakespeare's Sonnets, I have found it difficult to sincerely regard any single sonnet as inferior.
Nothing is note-worthy here except it continues to draw out the mood’s focal point. However, many of the themes could be regarded as rather trite.
Sonnet 30 starts with Shakespeare mulling over his past failings and sufferings, including his dead friends and that he feels that he hasn't done anything useful. It divides the sonnet into two parts: the octet (the first eight lines) usually states and develops the subject, while the sestet (the last six lines) winds up to a climax.
But in the final couplet Shakespeare comments on how thinking about his friend helps him to recover all of the things that he's lost, and it allows him stop mourning over all that has happened in the past. A strong pause at the close of each quatrain is usual for Shakespeare.
Overall, the sonnet is gentle, passive, and even somber to an extent.
A variety of poetic devices especially alliteration and metaphors are used to heavily convey a theme of love lost and found relying on a mood similar to that of the speaker, grieving in sorrowful recollection yet feeling joy for the future.
Within the sonnet, the narrator spends time remembering and reflecting on sad memories of a dear friend.
He grieves of his shortcomings and failures, while also remembering happier memories.