He uses the season of Fall, the coming of night, and the burning out of a flame as metaphors for old age and death, and then uses the last two lines to suggest that we should love and cherish life while we can. The English sonnet type consists of three quatrains plus a concluding couplet, rhymed variously, the Shakespearian form being abab cdcd efef gg. Shakespeare shows how his character is weighed down by torment that his life is coming to an end. That is the best, and really only way to develop. But in each of these quatrains, with each of these metaphors, the speaker fails to confront the full scope of his problem: both the metaphor of winter and the metaphor of twilight imply cycles, and impose cyclical motions upon the objects of their metaphors, whereas old age is final. The fire is going out because the wood that has been fueling it is completely consumed. Posted on 2004-09-07 by Approved Guest Post your Analysis Message This may only be an analysis of the writing.
It's actually an example of , as the speaker's referring to a piece of furniture—the wooden seats in a church where the members of the choir sit. Sometime after 1612, Shakespeare retired from the stage and returned to his home in Stratford. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. This logic, Bernhard asserts, dictates the entire sonnet. This logic of pathos can be seen in the images in the sonnet's three quatrains. The passing of time is the creator and the destroyer of life.
To love that well 12 : The meaning of this phrase and of the concluding couplet has caused much debate. It's possible that there's yet another metaphor hidden in this poem. In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, As the death-bed whereon it must expire Consum'd with that which it was nourish'd by. The three examples illustrate aging being compared to a tree as it loses its leaves in the fall. Well, the problem in this poem is that the speaker is growing old, but his solution is arguably both brilliant and beautiful. Usually—as in Sonnet 73—the three different ideas in the quatrains are actually all variations of one central theme; in our poem, the central theme is aging. Shakespeare's Sonnets: With Three Hundred Years of Commentary.
The Complete Sonnets and Poems. This time correlates to old age, near to the end of one's life. What once was fuel, now is ash. Shakespeare's use of metaphor to illustrate decay and passing are striking, and sets a somber tone throughout. Maybe he's not referring to physically growing old but to aging out of his youthful passions, and he praising his lover for sticking with him, even if he's not the passionate young man he once was. In human life, however, the fading of warmth and light is not cyclical; youth will not come again for the speaker. Now with the drops of this most balmy time My love looks fresh; and Death to me subscribes, Since spite of him I'll lime in this poor rhyme While he insults o'er dull and speechless tribes: And thou in this shalt find thy monument When tyrants' crests and tombs of brass are spent.
Quatrain two makes life still shorter, going from the seasons of the year to the hours of the day. The poet's deep insecurities swell irrepressibly as he concludes that the young man is now focused only on the signs of his aging -- as the poet surely is himself. The idea isn't that this choir of birds is giving a late-night performance on the branch. This person knows that they won't be here much longer. This poem immediatly informs you that it is an older person speaking to a younger lover. Its like comparing how a person ages to that of a tree as it loses its leaves. But in each of these quatrains, with each of these metaphors, the speaker fails to confront the full scope of his problem: both the metaphor of winter and the metaphor of twilight imply cycles, and impose cyclical motions upon the objects of their metaphors, whereas old age is final.
Instead, Shakespeare satirizes the tradition of comparing one's beloved to the beauties of the sun. This poem is not simply a procession of interchangeable metaphors; it is the story of the speaker slowly coming to grips with the finality of his age and his impermanence in time. Lines 9-12 again start with 'In me' emphasising the personal, the one to one observation. The English sonnet has three , followed by a final rhyming. The figure of speech involved in lines 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12, are all metaphors that have been used for the imagery they bring to the sonnet.
Throughout the 126 sonnets addressed to the young man the poet tries repeatedly to impart his wisdom of Time's wrath, and more specifically, the sad truth that time will have the same effects on the young man as it has upon the poet. Young, the likeliest source is post 1561 book Devises Heroïques, primarily because of the exactness and the detail with which it supports the scene in. His eyes are so true…. It is composed in , a poetic that has five feet per line, and each foot has two syllables accented weak then strong. Despite conservative objections to the poem's glorification of sensuality, it was immensely popular and was reprinted six times during the nine years following its publication. All three quatrains begin in the present, but then portray this present as a decayed version of a healthier past.
Or is the poet saying that the young man now is aware of the poet's imminent demise, and this knowledge makes the young man's love for the poet stronger because he might soon lose him? We don't even know where those leaves are hanging. Man and the Natural World The first two quatrains of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 feature extended metaphors comparing the speaker's situation in life to some aspect from the natural world, like autumn trees and darkening skies. In this lesson, you'll learn what it's all about, what some of the big ideas are in the poem and how he goes about presenting those ideas. In me, you see the evening reflected, when the sunset fades into the western sky, before the sun is taken away by the night, which is itself a reflection of death, which seals everyone and everything in rest. With that said, the closing couplet of sonnet 73 is like an admonition: one's love should grow stronger as one's time left to love is running out. One thing's for sure though: generally speaking, the speaker thinks that his life is in its autumn phase. Is the speaker super old and geriatric? The long sentences also add an effect that the speaker is trying to prolong his life by stretching the syntax.
In the third quatrain, he must resign himself to this fact. Consumed by that which once fed it. John Crowe Ransom, Shakespeare at Sonnets. This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong, To love that well which thou must leave ere long. He is in the fall of his life, on the eve of the dead winter. Your intro is good, your conclusion isn't bad, but the body paragraphs need to be developed.