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William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 60

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Shakespeare’s sonnet 60 expresses the inevitable end that comes with time and uses this dark truth to express his hopefulness that his poetry will carry his beloved’s beauty and worth into the future in some way so that it may never die. This love poem is, as all sonnets are, fourteen lines. Three quatrains form these fourteen lines, and each quatrain consists of two lines. Furthermore, the last two lines that follow these quatrains are known as the couplet. This sonnet has the rhyme scheme of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG, as most Shakespearean sonnets follow. In each of the three quatrains, Shakespeare discusses a different idea. In this particular sonnet, the idea is how time continues to pass on, causing everything to die. The couplet connects these ideas to one central theme, this theme being Shakespeare’s hope for the beauty of his beloved’s immortality through his poetry’s continuation into future times. Shakespeare did not originally intend for his sonnets to be published, therefore it is more likely that the sonnets where written for personal expression. This makes it extremely likely that Shakespeare is the speaker of this sonnet. With this information, it makes sense that the recipient of this poem is Shakespeare’s beloved, an unmentioned young man. Although this sonnet does not directly mention whom the individual mentioned in the last two lines is, it is believed to be a young man because sonnets 1- 126 were written to the young man. The application of sonnet 60 to
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