In Sonnet 130 Shakespeare is talking of his mistress, her faults and his feelings about her an her faults. Shakespeare would like for this young man to realize that his handsomeness is the sole aspect of his person that prevents absolute disapproval of his behavior in other people, and he also wants him to be aware of the ultimate consequences of his actions. By using metaphors he relates death to nature. Okay Bill, I think we get it! GradeSaver, 19 October 2005 Web. In the second stanza, the lyrical voice compares the process of aging to the twilight. Qui me alit me extinguit. As Shakespeare looks upon a tree, he notices the yellowing of the leaves of the few that are left hanging from the cold branches.
Oh what a mansion have those vices got Which for thy habitation chose out thee, Where beauty's veil doth cover every blot And all things turns to fair that eyes can see. Once more, the poet anticipates his own death when he composes this poem. These themes recycled in love songs and Hallmark cards, hardly original now, would hardly have been any newer in Elizabethan England. Of Shakespeare's sonnets in the text, this is one of the most moving lyric poems that I have ever read. Shakespeare wants to paint pictures in our minds of nature and how we all eventually come to our end. Conclusion The speaker in Sonnet 73 reflects on his oncoming death with metaphors comparing his old age to Autumn, twilight, and the last glow of a dying fire. This sonnet comes in stark contrast to the first 15 sonnets where Shakespeare insists that the young man should not be wasting away his beauty.
Another example of enjambement is found in line nine, where it is necessary to read on in order to find out what type of fire is here, although the word 'glowing' hints at embers rather than flames. The passing of time is the creator and the destroyer of life. It's iambic, with five stresses, the common meter metre of the English sonnet. The speaker of the poem, who may or may not be Shakespeare himself, compares himself to a tree in the fall. Bernhard explains: Think now of the sonnet's three quatrains as a rectangular grid with one row for each of the governing images, and with four vertical columns: spring summer fall winter morning noon evening night tree log ember ashes These divisions of the images seem perfectly congruous, but they are not. Like all sonnets, there are fourteen lines, with every four lines written as quatrains in a b a b format. Only in this poem he says the speaker is like a fire that's going out.
Sometime after 1612, Shakespeare retired from the stage and returned to his home in Stratford. Further, many of the metaphors utilized in this sonnet were personified and overwhelmed by this connection between the speaker's youth and death bed. What shall we make of the contradiction. This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong, To love that well which thou must leave ere long. The Tension of the Lyre.
The image of death that envelops all in rest. 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 metaphors shorten in duration from months to hours to what may be minutes, the acceleration itself a metaphor for the increasingly rapid rate at which old age begins to take its toll on the human body. G Paraphrase Shakespearean Sonnet Sonnet 73 is a Shakespearean Sonnet characterized by the traditional 14 lines with iambic pentameter. Instead of moving from hour, to day, to year with fire, then sunset, then seasons, Shakespeare moves backwards.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire I am like a glowing ember That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, Lying on the dying flame of my youth, As the death-bed whereon it must expire, As on the death bed where it must finally expire, Consum'd with that which it was nourish'd by. Of the third quatrain, Carl D. Its late entrance further emphasizes the theme of love as it provides a contrast with the tragic, grim tone of the first three quatrains. The speaker, especially in terms of his cognizance of time, experiences dramatic changes in two ways: 1 from time measured by quantity to time as quality, 2 from cyclical time to a linear one. This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed Sometimes, it is difficult for students to connect with themes in poetry until they put them into a real-world context. But the first quatrain is the boldest, and the effect of the whole is slightly anti-climactic. In this way she is trying to illustrate she loves every single piece of him.
It helps students to uncover the deeper meanings within poems while giving them the confidence to be self-educators. Moreover, the lyrical voice compares his aging process to nature, and, particularly, to autumn. Shakespeare's use of metaphors in this sonnet conveys his theme of the inescapable aging process. Perhaps, in a larger sense, they refer to that time in our lives when our faculties are diminished and we can no longer easily withstand the normal blows of life. Bernhard concludes by arguing that the end couplet, compared to the beautifully crafted logic of pathos created prior, is anti-climactic and redundant.
The speaker tells the person he is talking to that, because he the speaker is going to die soon, the other person should treasure their love all the more. This is a gradual progression to hopelessness. The speaker of the sonnet tells the audience in the first quatrain that human life is fleeting. 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. However, an alternative understanding of the sonnet presented by Prince asserts that the author does not intend to address death, but rather the passage of youth. Occasion: The speaker is mourning on his aging and near death. 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.