Sonnet 71 is about death and mourning. The speaker tells the audience not to mourn for his/her death past the sound of the “surly sullen bell”– the funeral bell that announces to the world that the speaker has passed on. In addition, the speaker tells the reader to forget about him/her. They should not think often of the speaker and should instead let the audience’s love for the speaker die alongside of him/her in as to keep them safe. The speaker is worried that the world will use his/her death to “mock” the audience after “they look into [the audience’s] moan”.
The video was helpful to me because I am a visual learner. It was beneficial to see and hear both the tone and the mood the actor portrayed. Also, it was easier to understand the impact of some of the words chosen by Shakespeare and the impact it has in everyday life.