Shakespeare Sonnet 73 Analysis

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Often times when reading translations of Shakespeare’s sonnets, the true essence of the poem is lost, which can be seen particularly in sonnet 73. When reading the original sonnet, the reader feels the raw emotion described in the fight with aging, which is described through the seasons and colors. These descriptions cannot simply be converted without losing the central metaphors of the poem. While the paraphrase misses the complexity of the poem it also diminishes its sound pattern, which is one of the factors that makes it a sonnet. The diction used in the original poem connotes historical references that are missing in the no fear version. Throughout the sonnet, the reader can vividly picture the time of year with the colors while going …show more content…
Although the paraphrase provides a summary to understand the meaning of the poem, in the first quatrain it is evident that no fear misses the complexity of the metaphors, which is what essentially gives the poem meaning. In the no fear translation, the emotional connection appears to be missing when they uses phrases such as “when you look at me” instead of the word “behold” in the original sonnet. The translation also uses the word “can” rather than “mayst” which is giving the ability to see something rather than giving them the option. The reference to the bare ruins is also absent from no fear, taking out the entire historical reference. When reading the translation, the alternate rhymes are taken out causing sonnet to sound less like a …show more content…
When poems are translated they lose numerous underlying meaning that make the poem additionally significant. When reading the translation, the the sounds of the words are different and the rhyming scheme is off. Although people may think no fear helps to understand the poem, it may actually be doing an injustice when thinking that the language, tone, phrases, rhymes, and metaphors are interpreted in a different light. The simple alteration of the diction can convey a different meaning from the original. When examining Shakespeare’s sonnets, reading the original sonnet while more likely give a better understanding of the true essence of the

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