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GCSE: Shakespeare's Sonnets
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The first eight lines of the sonnet, describe and give many examples of the destruction that time has on the beauty of nature. In the next quatrain, Shakespeare has come to the conclusion that everything in the world eventually loses its splendour and beauty and will die. "Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake, And die as fast as they see others grow." The sonnet ends with a rhyming couplet, which summarises and concludes the message of the previous twelve lines.
- Word count: 1154
Humans have these same emotions and experiences today. People still feel jealousy, love, hatred, etc the same as they did in Shakespeare's time. This is why they are still relevant to Australians reading them today, and it is why so many people can relate to the messages of the sonnets. For example, Shakespeare uses metaphorical comparison to show the guiding, stable and everlasting nature of love. This is evident in Sonnet 116, where Shakespeare talks of love: "It is the star to every wandering bark".
- Word count: 642