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Analyse how Shakespeare portrays his attitudes and beliefs in Sonnet 73

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Analyse how Shakespeare portrays his attitudes and beliefs in Sonnet 73 In Sonnet 73, Shakespeare's explores the themes of death, autumn, time, life and love. The sonnet is split up into three quatrains and a rhyming couplet. The first quatrain depicts autumn and the time structure is of months, the second depicts twilight and the time structure is of hours and the third depicts the dying fires and the time structure is of minutes. As this is the sonnet 73, it is autobiographical from an unnamed man. Shakespeare starts the first quatrain with the declarative line "that time of year thou mayst in me behold". The demonstrative pronoun "that" suggests a specific time of year and shows that the persona is looking back upon his life. ...read more.


Shakespeare starts the second quatrain with the preposition "in me thou seest the twilight of such day" which suggests that the persona is talking to someone and establishes the imagery of end of this time. Also the intensifier "such day" suggests that it is the specific time that he mentions in the first quatrain. The second line of this quatrain narrates that darkness is near approaching. This is shown in the noun phrase "As after sunset fadeth in the west", the noun "sunset" suggests the end of a day and the pronoun "west" reemphasises this point. In the next line, Shakespeare narrates how life is being stolen. He uses the line "which by and by black night doth take away". ...read more.


These alterations suggest a representation of life coming to an end as the fires die to embers. This imagery is then reemphasised by the phrase "the ashes of his youth doth lie", which connotes the end of an year and the end of life. The verbal phrase "consumed with that" suggests a final end to life and the transitive verb "nourish'd" suggests a love with his life who has taken care of him through his suffering. The volta of the poem contains a rhyming couplet in which, the message is to learn from his mistakes and to use the time you have on this earth wisely. He is aiming this message to man and focusing on the mortality of our species. He also connotes that time is a destroyer of life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thomas Webster CP English Analysis: Nature's Questioning 1 Due: 29/04/2009 ...read more.

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