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Shakespeare's sonnet 60

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Duncan Hepburn. POEM 60 NOTES In this poem I think that the poet in evaluating life, possibly his life defining it in minutes passing. Realizing how short his time on earth will be and wondering if he will be forgotten like all the minutes. Lines 1 & 2 Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, So do our minutes hasten to their end; These first two lines are about the passing of time. How quickly time passes, not slowly leaving something of itself behind. There is nothing of substance left, time is never to be relived, time is past, time has gone, that moment of time is over, that minute of time has ended. ...read more.


Lines 5 6 & 7 Nativity, once in the main of light, Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crowned, Crooked eclipses 'gainst his glory fight, I think these lines in the poem represent birth and maturity and ultimately the end, possibly his death. Nativity represents the birth of a child, the birth of a wave and the birth of a minute, the very birth of time itself. The birth of anything is associated with light and beauty. 'Crawls to maturity', again the passing of time, of moving forward, moving towards the end 'wherewith being crowned' the ultimate end. Eclipsed, surpassed as one minute surpasses the next minute. Line 8 And time that gave doth now his gift confound. ...read more.


Lines 13 & 14 And yet to times in hope my verse shall stand, Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand. I think that these last two lines of the poem suggest that the poet wants to live forever and cheat death and the passage of time. He values time as a gift but he knows that no one lives forever, but never the less he searches for immortality for himself if not in life then in the written word. I like this poem very much. But I think it is a very sad poem dwelling on time passing and death rushing forward to meet the poet. He does not place any value on the use of each passing minute but only on the fact that minute has gone and will not come again. ...read more.

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