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How does the poet convey his admiration for the young man's beauty in sonnets 7 and 19? Collectively, the first section of Shakespeare's sonnets tends to primarily

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How does the poet convey his admiration for the young man's beauty in sonnets 7 and 19? Collectively, the first section of Shakespeare's sonnets tends to primarily consist of similar themes and ideas. The three key themes are time, love and poetry, together allowing the power of the poet's feelings towards the young man to be illustrated. One way, possibly one of the most effective techniques Shakespeare uses to do this, is by using the young man's beauty. Sonnet 7 is largely made up of an extended metaphor. Shakespeare compares human life to the daily journey of the sun, from sunrise to sunset. The sun's rising in the morning symbolizes the young man's youthful years. ...read more.


Where is says "Unlook'd on diest" it is saying, in death, he will not be remembered. Then, as seen in some of the previous sonnets, the Shakespeare argues that the only way for the young man to ensure that he is remembered after he dies is to have a child. In Sonnet 19 however, the poet is addressing Time directly and, by using vivid imagery, comments on its powerful effects on nature. The sonnet's first seven lines address the damage to nature that "Devouring Time" causes. Then, in line 8, the poet says "But I forbid thee one most heinous crime". Shakespeare wants Time to leave the young man's beauty untouched. ...read more.


This ending to the sonnet, is relatively similar to Sonnet 7's, as they both provide solutions to the mortality of the young man's beauty; either having a son or preserving his "fair brow" within poetry. Although the basic themes are of a similar nature, the two sonnets' language techniques are quite contrasting. Where Sonnet 7 has soft sounds throughout (up until the last line), particularly the religious words like "gracious" and "heavenly", Sonnet 19 has harsher, stressed sounds; particularly with the verbs in the sonnet, like "pluck" and "blunt". The religious undertones in Sonnet 7 emphasise the poet's admiration for the young man, as they suggest idolisation of the highest possible level. Sonnet 7 also centres on the young man. ...read more.

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