William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 19 Essay examples
The structure of the English, or Shakespearian sonnet as it has come to be known, helps to highlight the different tones Shakespeare uses in his message to Time. Shakespeare uses the first quatrain to define the physical character of Time. By starting with the phrase “Devouring Time” the reader instantly knows that Time is the enemy; as devouring has the connotation of uncontrollable consumption, often used in the context of a predator eating its prey. Then through a series of imperatives, the reader comes to realize how powerful time. Shakespeare tells time to,
“blunt thou the lions paw/ And make the earth devour her own sweet brood/
Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tigers jaws/ and burn the long-lived phoenix in her blood”.
Shakespeare says these as commands but in the context they are actions Time would willingly commit. Lions and tigers were…