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William Shakespeare wrote a group of 154 sonnets between 1592 and 1597 which were compiled and published under the title Shakespeares Sonnets in 1609 Our attention will focus on sonnet 12 a remarkable and poignant poem about the relentless passing of time the fading beauty immortality death and Old Age these subjects being typical of all Shakespeares Sonnets Time is omnipresent in everyones life just passing and passing inexorably relentlessly so unstoppable It is a universal problem people have always been very worried about time trying to gain some or angry they have lost this precious element Moreover Time is Money maxim born in the business sector is now an adage applied in all matter But still it is not possible to lose or gain time it is above people nobody has control on it This is what Shakespeare tells us in this sonnet Shakespeares sonnets dont have a specific title only named by a number Here it is 12 and surely this number has not been given by chance being a way to refer to time the twelve hours of a day the twelve hours of a night What is more just by hearing it without understanding the words it is possible to guess that it is about time Shakespeare has used an iambic pentametre which the alternation of strong and weak rhythms reproduces the ticking of the clock displaying the passing of time Furthermore the way in which the meaning of the line finishes with the line itself with punctuation such as comma and semi-colon at the end of each line is like the inexorable motion of a pendulum as it beats from side to side The fact that each line contains ten syllables contributes as well to this idea of regularity and time We should also mention the presence of alliterations like c and t line 1 count clock that tells time imitating the ticking of the
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