This makes him seem very selfish, because we are all going to die sooner or later, and it does not do any good to dwell… 787 Words 4 Pages Shakespeare's Sonnet 73, published in 1609, is written in the Shakespearean or English sonnet style. In me thou seest the twilight of such day, As after sunset fadeth in the west, Which by and by black night doth take away, Death's second self, that seals up all in rest. The interpretations of them collectively, however, the theories of their nature and purport collectively, differ widely. Eventually, twilight approaches, and the day or life is done. Shakespearean sonnets work by presenting a problem in each of the three quatrains, and then proposing a solution to the problem in the final couplet. The purpose of repetition in Sonnet 73 is to make the reader think about Shakespeares point of view and how he would see things such as the yellow leaves hanging or the twilight of such day.
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. In 1613, when he was 49 years of age, William Shakespeare retired to Stratford. Bare ruins of church choirs where lately the sweet birds sang. In the entire Sonnet, he uses extended metaphor. The initial conceit of a human life as a year gives way to a conceit of a life as a day. This second reading of the line makes the poem a commentary on the ephemerality of all life, not just his own. Between 1585 and 1592, William Shakespeare started a successful career in London as an actor and writer.
The couplet summarizes the preceding twelve lines. He is comparing his present state to the bare branches of wintertime. Lines 9-12 again start with 'In me' emphasising the personal, the one to one observation. In me thou see'st the twilight of such day, As after sunset fadeth in the West, Which by-and-by black night doth take away, Death's second self, that seals up all in rest. The imagery used refers to a description of a scene in the fall season. A year seems short enough; yet ironically the day, and then the fire, makes it in retrospect seem long, and the final immediate triumph of the poem's imagination is that in the last line about the year, line 4, an immense vista is indeed invoked -- that the desolate monasteries strewn over England, sacked in Henry's reign, where 'late' -- not so long ago! The first two quatrains establish what the poet perceives the young man now sees as he looks at the poet: those yellow leaves and bare boughs, and the faint afterglow of the fading sun. It seems that the speaker? Then you'll have the chance to test your understanding with a quiz.
This interpretation has the poem focused on the author, and his focus and concern over himself. Each quatrain has its own rhyme scheme, rhyming in alternating lines. He links life to fire - nothing new there. This is a useful to the reader because it makes obvious the tone of the poem. Lines 5-8 deepen the sense that here is someone past their prime, not as bright and vibrant.
With this, the duality of the word helps to further express the fleeting quality of youth by presenting two different but related connotations. The fire is in its last stages as its strong blaze is dying down; only ashes remain, symbolizing the death of his youth. In the third quatrain, he must resign himself to this fact. John Crowe Ransom, Shakespeare at Sonnets. The Tension of the Lyre.
In human life, however, the fading of warmth and light is not cyclical; youth will not come again for the speaker. In Renaissance England the hoot of an owl flying over one's house was an evil omen, and meant impending death for someone inside. The only solace comes in the couplet, which tell us that death helps people love and cherish each other more while they are still on earth. The couplet of Sonnet 73 has been analysed in rather different ways by critics. What feelings do you get when you read through this sonnet? But your reading, relying on the reality of the bare-branched tree without summer birds, speaks to the power of this vigorous metaphor. A person may do that but a bough would not feel the cold in the same way.
Just as the first and second quatrains related through temporal conceits, the second and third quatrains are related by light-based conceits. These are words that create images for the reader, as Shakespeare develops the scene that captures him. That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. Starting off with the beauty of nature, to the death of winter, Shakespeare ends this poem by expressing his love for these surroundings. It represents the loss of sunlight, warm days, and blooming flowers. In the final couplet, we realize that it's a love poem.
Sonnet 73 is a poem that captures the attention, using imagery, symbolism, and organization to represent the beauty of nature. Indeed, in Sonnet 73 the speaker takes a resigned, rather than combative, stance against his primary foes—time and death. The natural world is invoked again, this time with sun and sky. That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. What leaves are left on the branches are 'yellow' and there aren't many left, or possibly 'none. Personification is continued into lines 9-12, as well as symbol, but paradox is thrown into the mix in line 11, when death is called to its own deathbed. The main theme in Sonnet 73 is the process of aging and how the lyrical voice feels about it.
But the first quatrain is the boldest, and the effect of the whole is slightly anti-climactic. This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong, To love that well which thou must leave ere long. I am a certifiable Language Arts teacher, working in education, social services, and mental health. It's possible that there's yet another metaphor hidden in this poem. Second Quatrain If a bare tree weren't enough, Shakespeare drops one of the most commonly used metaphors in the second quatrain when he compares dying to a setting sun. The metaphors convey the themes of death, time, man and the natural world, and love as the speaker's old age reflects the cycle of life found in nature and the human race; there is an end to everything, but a beginning always follows such as the beginning of the season, the beginning of a day, or the birth of a new human-being.
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. The speaker also uses a metaphor in autumn? Its late entrance further emphasizes the theme of love as it provides a contrast with the tragic, grim tone of the first three quatrains. William Shakespeare is an English writer from 16 th century widely recognized for his poetry and plays. Lines 13,14 form a concluding couplet. He set the standard not only for English literature and but the theater as well. It has a preface with a poem written by Ben Jonson.