William Shakespeare 's Sonnet 73 Essay

863 Words Jun 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare is also referred to as “That time of year thou mayst in me behold”. This poem is most likely written for a lover or a young friend, though the interpretation varies with the reader. Throughout sonnet 73, Shakespeare leads the reader through the loss of his youth and passion, ending with the loss of his life. It explores the toll that time takes on the body, one’s youth, and love. His goal is to show the one the poem is addressed to that time runs out and everyone dies eventually and that it is important to show affection for loved ones while they are alive. There are key elements that strongly contribute to the success of this poem. The rhythm, continuing metaphor, and personification throughout the poem make sonnet 73 successful in its theme and allows each reader to interpret it individually. “That time of year thou mayst in me behold” consists of three quatrains and a couplet, following the layout of a traditional Shakespearean sonnet written in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme is also one that is predictable of a Shakespearean sonnet: ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. This rhyme scheme is successful in such a way that is just enough to give the poem a natural flow but not distract the reader by a continuous rhyme that bounces back and forth from one line to another. Shakespeare also uses frequent alliteration to make the poem progress in a natural way. Examples of this are: “sweet birds sang” in line four, “by and by black night” in line seven,…

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