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Immortality in Shakespeare's Sonnets. Sonnets 65,104,108, and 116 demonstrate how he has defeated Time with imagery, love, and admiration

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´╗┐Jennifer Garcia Literature of the English Renaissance Immortality in a Sonnet The idea of immortality will either fascinate or scare you; fascinate you in the way that something could stay the same forever or scare you because nothing lives forever. Shakespeare felt true love was eternal despite anything and beauty was everlasting through his words. He believed Time was the taker of all things, but if his words and love were powerful enough, they could defeat Time. Sonnets 65,104,108, and 116 demonstrate how he has defeated Time with imagery, love, and admiration. Shakespeare gives credit to Time in these four sonnets by displaying it?s ability to make things decay, fade, and die. He says right away, ?Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea, but sad mortality o?ersways their power.? I imagine brass becoming rusty, stones perishing, the earth decaying, and the sea evaporating all with this first line. He then proposes a question we all might ask, ?How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, whose action is no stronger than a flower?? (65) ...read more.

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?Three winters cold have from the forests shook three summers? pride; ..? It just perfectly illustrates a summer tree with no more leaves and only branches. These verses definitely take you back to each season. Shakespeare goes on to argue in the next couplet, if youth?s beauty has gone away: Beauty will never amount to youth?s face, nor will anything in the future be more beautiful than he. Youth?s beauty is immortal against Time because they met in ?beauty?s summer? which was the boys perfect state. Shakespeare is saying his beauty is immortal because it doesn?t matter how long it?s been or who else comes into this world; I have seen what real beauty is so nothing can or will ever compare. Now that Shakespeare has proved beauty to be immortal with words and memories, he must prove that love is also part of immortality. Sonnet 108 is also written to a boy whom I am not sure who he is. Despite who he is writing to, he declares his love to be everlasting and eternal. ...read more.

Conclusion

Shakespeare begins to beat Time down by saying even Love is greater than beauty and you. ?Love?s not time?s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle?s compass come: Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom.? Time continues everyday leaving everything behind . . . EXCEPT Love. Shakespeare is so persistent is this theory that he is willing to put even his own reputation on the line. ?If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.? An intense closing verse for someone who has so much riding on himself. If he believed wholeheartedly that Time could in no way defeat Love, it must be true. Shakespeare as usual does an excellent job illustrating imagery, passion, and complex ideas with his work. The sonnets I chose were chosen because they somewhat all linked. Shakespeare believed in immortality with beauty and love. He proved with these four sonnets, that Time surely was inevitable, but could be conquered.He preserves beauty and love with his sonnets making everything he?s seen and felt to be immortal until Time itself has finished. ...read more.

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