Wordplay in Sonnet 55

Wordplay Examples in Sonnet 55:

Sonnet 55 1

"contents..."   (Sonnet 55)

“Contents” forms a pun, referring to both the content of the poem itself as well as the state of happiness and contentment that one will experience in reading it. The use of such wordplay becomes self-reflexive. Theoretically, such a pun contributes to the quality of the poem, and joy the reader will draw from it.