See in text (Sonnet 29)
The repetition of “like him” in successive iambs conveys the speaker’s frantic state of comparison. In a cleverly self-conscious twist, the use of identical phrases imitates the speaker’s desire to be identical to the wealthier men around him. The word “like” appears four times throughout the sonnet, underscoring the speaker’s outward-looking desire to be “like” others.
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