The Sonnet Form and Its Meaning: Shakespeare's Sonnet 65

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The Sonnet Form and its Meaning: Shakespeare Sonnet 65 The sonnet, being one of the most traditional and recognized forms of poetry, has been used and altered in many time periods by writers to convey different messages to the audience. The strict constraints of the form have often been used to parallel the subject in the poem. Many times, the first three quatrains introduce the subject and build on one another, showing progression in the poem. The final couplet brings closure to the poem by bringing the main ideas together. On other occasions, the couplet makes a statement of irony or refutes the main idea with a counter statement. It leaves the reader with a last impression of what the author is trying to say. Shakespeare's …show more content…
A siege surrounds and kills a city. To batter something is to hit and pound it heavily, just as time does this to the nature in summer when the bad weather, cold months come in. The progression of the days and time leading to summer's end is what batters the beautiful "honey breath." Steel gates and rocks, again images associated as being immortal to time's progression, are eventually "decayed" by time, so of course summer's fragile beauty could not hold out. In a battle, an "impregnable" force is one that cannot be penetrated or destroyed. As rocks are here presented as strong and impregnable, time is so strong that it even eventually destroys them. "Gates of steel" that usually keep the evil forces out of a place in battle also eventually decay in old age. The whole metaphor of summer versus time proves time to always be the victory. Nothing can defeat it. The third quatrain introduces a new object that is also vulnerable to time, love. It starts with "O fearful meditation!" commenting on the scary and sad thoughts the speaker has had in the previous two quatrains. The anguish of the speaker has reached its pinnacle and all three words have accents on the first syllable, showing that they are heavily stressed and important to show the speaker's tone. The line, "where, alack, / Shall time's best jewel from time's chest lie hid"
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