Of Shakespeare's sonnets in the text, this is one of the most moving lyric poems that I have ever read. There is great use of imagery within the sonnet. Shakespeare's Sonnets: With Three Hundred Years of Commentary. Sometimes the first two quatrains are devoted to the same thought, followed by the final being the resolution to the poem. This represents the cycle of life and death that is seen through the changing of seasons. However the hackneyed themes of these sonnets is in a sense the source of their essence.
Within this quatrain I think I detect a thing which often characterizes Shakespeare's work within the metaphysical style: he is unwilling to renounce the benefit of his earlier style, which consisted in the breadth of the associations; that is, he will not quite risk the power of a single figure but compounds the figures. In lines of 3-4 the placement of the birds on the branch boughs and a choir being a place and not only just a group of singer has something to do with one another. As Helen Vendler points out, the censorship described in line 9 necessitates an absence of art from the poem 309-10 , yet coevally Shakespeare must keep the reader interested. The Fair Youth sequence has strong romantic language that portrays intense imagery. Through a clever use of diction, imagery, and meter in a typical Shakespearia. Essentially, the metaphors mean the same whereby, the speaker seems to be slowly coming to grips with the finality of him getting to old age and the insubstantiality of time Howe 7. Time passes and days must end.
Some other figurative language is used such throughout the sonnet. As 'black night' closes in around the remaining light of the day, so too does death close in around the poet. Now with the drops of this most balmy time My love looks fresh; and Death to me subscribes, Since spite of him I'll lime in this poor rhyme While he insults o'er dull and speechless tribes: And thou in this shalt find thy monument When tyrants' crests and tombs of brass are spent. The sonnet features two motifs that run throughout the first seven lines. In human life, however, the fading of warmth and light is not cyclical; youth will not come again for the speaker. Most of his plays were published during his lifetime.
As the second quatrain opens, the speaker shifts to a new temporal metaphor. This psychological conflict explains why the couplet hovers equivocally between the conclusions 'to love me', which the persona cannot bring himself to ask for outright, and 'to love your youth', the impersonal alternative exacted by his self-contempt. We focus on their good qualities and ignore the bad. This is a very effective way figure of speech to use in the beginning because it allows for the reader to understand what Shakespeare is saying, without it being too blunt. However, an alternative understanding of the sonnet presented by Prince asserts that the author does not intend to address death, but rather the passage of youth. Shakespeare misleads the audience with variety of puns and double entendres. The young man now understands the importance of his own youth, which he will be forced to 'leave ere long' 14.
These ashes can be interpreted as the ashes of his youth. Poets utilize or, in some cases, do not utilize the form of sonnets to make statements and further the effectiveness of their writing. Is the poet saying that the young man now understands that he will lose his own youth and passion, after listening to the lamentations in the three preceding quatrains? Shakespeare doesn't write about eternal love, the beauties of a woman or spiritual relations - all themes which we might expect from a classical sonnets. In the third stanza, Shakespeare shows how his energy is dying out in a death-bed. Although these poem venture through different techniques to appear individually different from the classic sonnet, the theme of love makes the poems analogous. Instinct is here, after all, a kind of thought.
But even so, the emptiness of death is not fully established until quatrain three, where it is finally understood by the narrator as something permanent. The reader learns more about the scenery that Shakespeare finds beautiful. These changes, manifested by a set of images autumn, twili. My reason, the physician to my love, Angry that his prescriptions are not kept, Hath left me, and I desperate now approve Desire is death, which physic did except. Examining Byron and Shakespeare's poetry, opens a window to the prevailing sexual attitude of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century and defines more clearly the intent of these poets.
Building upon this framework, Wordsworth makes an important observation about personal liberty and its place in political freedom. Describe the poetic elements of Sonnet 73. Shakespeare is using Anaphora to get his point across and show imagery. For example, the first image describes the changing autumn trees that are soon to be naked to the frigid cold of winter. By using metaphors he relates death to nature. Using symbolism of autumn leaves, twilight and glowing fire evolving to one conclusion awaiting death.
Shakespeare revels in lustful possession of his lover, but Gibran advises leaving space between partners in their relationship. The first lines of the sonnet draw in the reader through literary expression that takes the audience through a maze of images and symbols that come with winter. The phoenix is a symbol for immortality and the cyclical nature of life and death. Sonnets are almost always about love. The choirs formerly rang with the sounds of 'sweet birds'.
The first is about age, the second about death, and of course, love follows. Shakespearean sonnets consider similar themes including love, beauty, and the passing of time. By making time shorter and shorter, the reader's fleeting mortality comes into focus, while sympathy for the speaker grows. Shakespeare and the Emblem Writers. The third quatrain reveals that the poet is speaking not of his impending physical death, but the death of his youth and subsequently his youthful desires -- those very things which sustained his relationship with the young man.
I find all of the above methods effective of painting a picture in my mind but I am more in tune with the extended metaphor and personification for clarity in understanding. Shakespeare would like for this young man to realize that his handsomeness is the sole aspect of his person that prevents absolute disapproval of his behavior in other people, and he also wants him to be aware of the ultimate consequences of his actions. Most of these sonnets address the youth and beauty of his male friend, as well as poetry's power to immortalize them, but number 73 addresses the author's own mortality and the friend's love for him. William Shakespeare wrote tragedies until 1608, and, after that, he wrote tragicomedies and collaborations with other writers. His language is full of anger, frustration and self-blaming. The image of death that envelops all in rest.