...is a tribute to the poet's friend -- and likely his lover -- whom many believe to be the Earl of Southampton. Sonnet 29 proclaims that the young man is the poet's redeemer and this theme continues in [Sonnet 30]. The poet's sorrowful recollections of dead friends are sparked by the lover's absence and can be quelled only by thoughts of his lover, illustrating the poet's dependence on his dear friend for spiritual and emotional support.
I don't recall reading this sonnet in high school nor anything about male lovers!
The procrastinator in me can also relate to:
I wasted time, and now doth time waste me;
from Richard II, Act V, Scene V.
I also like that they picked what, to me, is an unfamiliar quote from Romeo and Juliet:
Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.
(Act I, Scene I)
I had to laugh though at this online comment I found in response to a query about what this line mean: