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Many sonnets written by William Shakespeare deal with tragedy love and death in sonnet seventy-three he focuses on death along with the signs of aging Whether or not he is the topic of the sonnet or an observer he expresses everything as if he were the topic Shakespeare was at an age in his life where he could relate to the sonnet which made the poem so much more effective The subject of this sonnet is being looked at and the observer comes to the conclusion that they see late fall twilight and a dying fire that is the observer realizes that the person is getting old and they will soon lose him Shakespeares way of reflecting the onset of aging and death is expressed through many propositions like theme imagery and wordplay One of the many significant points that reflect the onset of aging and death is through the theme This sonnet takes place in autumn because in the very beginning a tree is being compared to the person The yellow leaves falling in autumn supports the idea of paper turning yellow as time goes by which indirectly suggests that people get old and will parish as years slip by Bare ruined choirs where once the sweet late bird sang tells the reader that in the summer time the birds would be on the branches singing like a church choir in a soldier like stance whereas in autumn the birds do not sing because they are gone from the bare branches Shakespeare sees sleeping and twilight as Deaths second self because as night approaches people are unconscious like being dead Shakespeare also suggests that the person is nearing the end of his life when such fire is glowing The glowing of the fire is nourished by wood and as the wood gets smaller the fire dyes out Along with theme as a significant point imagery is what paints a picture of the
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