Theme Of Time In Sonnet 73

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For this essay I will be discussing time and change in Shakespeare’s sonnets. I will mostly be focusing on sonnets 18,60, 65 and 73. Shakespeare regularly refers to time throughout his sonnets. When looking through each of Shakespeare’s sonnets it is obvious that the narrator is preoccupies with the passing of time including immortality, inevitability, memory and change. It seems that Shakespeare is distraught over things that he cannot control such as time, but throughout his sonnets he still tries to conquer time. Shakespeare often personifies time, this is seen throughout his poems and it can take many different forms such as the destruction of time or the effects of time on a specific person. The destructive nature of time is shown in sonnet 18 where the post begins with a question to his friend “Shall I compare thee to a summers day?” (1) and then says that his friend’s beauty surpasses summer. The poet wants to make sure that his friends is remembered forever and he does this through his verse saying that as history and time goes on his friend will become one with time and be remembered forever. The poem ends with the lines “So long as there are people on this earth, So long will this poem live on, making you…show more content…
Sonnet 73 shows this aspect of time. Sonnet 73 contains many of the themes common throughout the entire list of sonnets, including the ravages of time on one's physical health and the mental fear associated with moving further from youth and closer to death. The sonnet focuses on the narrator's own anxiety over growing old and, like in sonnet 60, each quatrain of sonnet 73 takes up the theme of time in a different and unique way, comparing the narrator's "time of year" with various examples of the passing of time in nature. The metaphors used in this sonnet go from months to hours to what could be minutes, showing the increasingly rapid rate at which old age begins to take its toll on youth and the human
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