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Poetry is a common medium for people to express love Sonnets are almost always about love William Shakespeares Sonnet 73 is no exception Senti-ments of love along with those of against and death are expressed through the use of figurative language The poem is organized in such a way that as it progresses the reader feels the author approaching death as the use of carefully chosen meta-phors that give Sonnet 73 such powerful imagery In the beginning of the poem the author uses the metaphor of autumn to stand for his progression in years Just like the leaves change and fall from the trees the author has changed and lost his youth The author next states a compari-son of his aging to a sunset In me thou seest the twilight of such day As after sunset fadeth in the west lines 05-06 Here sunset represents dying The next metaphor compares night which occurs after sunset to death Which by and by black night doth take away Deaths second self that seals up all in rest 07-08It is important to note that the author has changed his focus from aging to dying to death and narrowed his scope to the close of one day 05 In the final quatrain the author speaks of a deathbed of ashes 10-11 These ashes can be interpreted as the ashes of his youth Those ashes had once been the fuel of the mans youth that which provided his youthful energy But now they are now the place where the dying fire of his youth and strength dwindles to nothingness It is the final couplet of Sonnet 73 that first mentions love The entire poem is written to someone probably a lover or a loved one The last two lines however seem to appear to sum up the relationship This thou perceivst which makes thy love more strong To love that well which thou must leave ere long 13-14 Here the
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