The words are depressing and somewhat desperate. The reader perceives this eminent death and, because he does, he loves the author even more. Trees- The speaker compares himself to trees by how they change over time and lose their leaves. This second reading of the line makes the poem a commentary on the ephemerality of all life, not just his own. During that period, Shakespeare probably had some income from his patron, Henry Wriothesley, earl of Southampton, to whom he dedicated his first two poems, Venus and Adonis 1593 and The Rape of Lucrece 1594.
Sonnet 73 is not simply a procession of interchangeable metaphors; it is the story of the speaker slowly coming to grips with the real finality of his age and his impermanence in time. At the end, he says that love and appreciation can increase when time is running out. The sun goes away in the winter, but returns in the spring; it sets in the evening, but will rise in the morning; but the tree that has been chopped into logs and burned into ashes will never grow again. The Five Authors of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Shakespeare is not talking about literal death, but the death of his creative nature, which is what his friendship with the young man is based on.
After all, it takes 13 lines for Big Willy to finally let the cat out of the bag. The Composition of Shakespeare's Plays, p. Causing you to love that which you must give up before long. The symbolism in the first line is defined by the extended metaphor of the following three lines. Then 7-8 relates to one another because death is suppose to be sealing up but in the next line he says that he has glowing of fire in him. The Tension of the Lyre.
The narrator also describes how aging is harsh and empty, and by describing how aging feels, ultimately comes to terms with its inevitability. In the final couplet, we realize that it's a love poem. Thus, poetry is stronger than these structures. Like many of Shakespeare's sonnets, this poem is an expression of love. There are modern forms of the sonnet, offered by such notable poetsas Edna St.
Shakespeare's sonnets were composed between 1593 and 1601, though not published until 1609. Though it seems there will not be a simple answer, for a better understanding of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73, this essay offers an explication of the sonnet from The Norton Anthology of English Literature: That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. That's not exactly on the brink of death. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1981. Okay Bill, I think we get it! Shakespeare makes fun of the convention by contrasting an idealized woman with a real woman. Sonnets 127— 152, addressed to the so-called dark lady, express a more overtly erotic and physical love than the sonnets addressed to the young man.
In 1613, when he was 49 years of age, William Shakespeare retired to Stratford. Or is the poet saying that the young man now is aware of the poet's imminent demise, and this knowledge makes the young man's love for the poet stronger because he might soon lose him? As easy might I from my self depart As from my soul which in thy breast doth lie. The figure of speech involved in lines 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12, are all metaphors that have been used for the imagery they bring to the sonnet. In the third quatrain, he must resign himself to this fact. Its like comparing how a person ages to that of a tree as it loses its leaves. Of the third quatrain, Carl D.
The first two quatrains establish what the poet perceives the young man now sees as he looks at the poet: those yellow leaves and bare boughs, and the faint afterglow of the fading sun. The earliest form of sonnet is the Italian or Petrarchan. A person may do that but a bough would not feel the cold in the same way. Moving on to lines 5-8, he transitions from the seasons of the months, to the hours of day—underlining the shortness of life even further. Is it romantic love, familial love, or what? Poem Structure The first thing to note is that this poem is an Elizabethan sonnet also called a Shakespearean sonnet.
This makes him seem very selfish, because we are all going to die sooner or later, and it does not do any good to dwell… 787 Words 4 Pages Shakespeare's Sonnet 73, published in 1609, is written in the Shakespearean or English sonnet style. The third form is a variant on the English sonnet, but has come tobe accepted as a separate form in its own right. Indeed, in Sonnet 73 the speaker takes a resigned, rather than combative, stance against his primary foes—time and death. Lines 1-4 have a heavy use of symbol. Nearly all of Shakespeare's sonnets examine the inevitable decay of time, and the immortalization of beauty and love in poetry. In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, As the death-bed whereon it must expire Consum'd with that which it was nourish'd by. But doesn't that kind of make the love-theme all the more powerful? By dropping from a year, to a day, to the brief duration of a fire, Shakespeare is establishing empathy for our speaker through the lapse in time.
This sonnet says real love is love that can exist even when a person will soon be dead. The main theme in Sonnet 73 is the process of aging and how the lyrical voice feels about it. Shakespeare and the Emblem Writers. While Shakespeare was regarded as the foremost dramatist of his time, evidence indicates that both he and his contemporaries looked to poetry, not playwriting, for enduring fame. It makes women into goddesses, not real human beings.
It seemed like all the time in the world! Furthermore, Shakespeare used his sonnets to explore different types of love between the young man and the speaker, the young man and the dark lady, and the dark lady and the speaker. As 'black night' closes in around the remaining light of the day, so too does death close in around the poet. Of the figures of speech used in this sonnet, I think that symbol is the most effective. Addressing sonnets to a young man was unique in Elizabethan England. This sonnet uses winter, night, and a dying fire as metaphors for the inevitable approach of Death.