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Survey of English Literature Kachramani Filia Professor Dr Zengos Exam 2 Shakespeares Sonnets 12 73 Time that unavoidably leads to death and decay is the main theme of Shakespeares sonnets 12 and 73 but it is being treated differently In the sonnet 12 the speaker addresses a young man and advises him to procreate since as the time passes by eventually everything dies It is a universal theme of philosophical nature which in the end conveys a hopeful message as it offers a way to defeat death While in the sonnet 73 the speaker is mostly preoccupied with the fact that as time progresses hes getting older and soon he will die He is desperate and he asks from the listener to love him and be with him now that his end is near Finally the different dealing with the theme is illustrated through the imagery of nature and the course of time In both of the sonnets is depicted the ravages of the time on the human nature through the succession of the seasons that symbolize our mortality since in the natures circle of life and death men cannot participate In the sonnet 12 the speaker states that he is no longer a young man and uses images of nature to show the transitory of human nature The violet that symbolizes spring has past prime l3 winter has come and so his black hair of youth has now turned silvery Summers wheat that is girded up in sheaves l 7 the harvest time is over it is winter now and he has a white and bristly beard l 8 Finally as autumn leaves forever and winter takes its place he is nothing more than a lofty tree of barren leavesl 5 vulnerable to the destructive process of age and decay implying waste and futility The metaphor of a leafless tree in the heart of the winter is also used in the
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