Survey of English Literature
Kachra humani Filia
Professor: Dr. Zengos
Shakespeares Sonnets 12 & 73
Time that unavoidably leads to death and annihilation is the main source of Shakespeares praises 12 and 73, but it is being tough differently. In the sonnet 12, the speaker system addresses a young man and advises him to procreate, since as the quantify passes by, eventually everything dies. It is a universal theme of philosophical character, which in the end conveys a hopeful message, as it offers a way to defeat death. While in the sonnet 73, the speaker is mostly preoccupied with the fact that as time progresses, hes getting older and soon he will die. He is desperate and he asks from the listener to love him and be with him, at a time that his end is near. Finally, the different dealing with the theme is illustrated through the imaging of nature and the course of time.
In both of the sonnets, is depicted the ravages of the time on the human nature, through the succession of the seasons, that symbolize our mortality, since in the natures spate of life and death men cannot participate. In the sonnet 12, the speaker states that he is no longer a young man, and uses images of nature to show the transitory of human nature.
The violet, that symbolizes spring, has past prime (l.3), pass has come and so his black hair of youth has instantaneously turned silvery. Summers wheat that is girded up in sheaves (l. 7), the harvest time is over, it is winter now and he has a white and setose beard (l. 8). Finally, as autumn leaves forever and winter takes its place, he is nothing more than a lofty tree of wasteland leaves(l. 5), vulnerable to the destructive process of age...
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