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Sonnet 2 Analysis

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Introduction

The sonnets by Shakespeare convince a young, handsome friend of Shakespeare's to have children to forever keep his beauty alive. However this changes after a number of sonnets. Shakespeare stresses that this beauty will not last, and that it is selfish and foolish for him not to prepare for the loss of his beauty and youth. The only way he can truly prepare is to rear a child so that his son can carry on his name and all his wonderful qualities, including his unsurpassed beauty. Shakespeare has made it very clear to show his opinion about his friend greediness and not sharing his beauty with the world. The usage of language techniques are used to show his inner thoughts about his friend's actions. ...read more.

Middle

The tone changes in lines 5 and 6 and a rhetorical question is asked in both lines. "Then being asked, where all thy beauty lies", and "Where all the treasure of thy lusty days". Shakespeare is asking where is the beauty of your youthful days, where has it gone? Lines 7, 8 and 9 suggest that when he is old and his eyes are deep sunken into their sockets, he will only then think of what use he could have put his beauty to rather than greed and self obsession. He then asks a question who deserves more beauty than you do? Lines 10, 11 and 12 go on to say that if he had a child now when he is old if only he could say "this fair child of mine" shall give an account of my life and prove that I made no misuse of my time on earth. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field" is saying that his face is a field of beauty and that as he ages trenches will be dug in the beautiful fields to spoil the beauty. This means that the trenches in the beautiful fields are the wrinkles that will occur on his face as he ages. The use of metaphors interests the responder and also positions the responder to feel badly about time. The use of adjectives sets the atmosphere and what being old is really like. "Deep sunken eyes" and "tottered weed" are all words describing the effects of time. This gives us an impression on being old and how Shakespeare thinks of how being old is like and what you look like when your old. Shakespeare also uses rhetorical questions. His asking the young man "Then being asked, where all thy beauty lies" and "Where all the treasure of thy lusty days" are all examples of rhetorical questions. ...read more.

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