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Passage of Time William Shakespeares fine sonnet number 73 appears to have a dark gloomy and depressing aura about it However if you look deeper into it I think it has an important message and a warning to it The message has to do with not wasting the days of ones youth to make every day count because you wont be young forever The passage of time is mentioned throughout the sonnet and the effects that time has on a persons body and mind is a constant theme In the sonnet the persona is addressing a younger person but I think he is talking to all young people The sonnet has a universal message in it that is still quite relevant today In the first quatrain Shakespeare is portraying himself as an older person with the analogy of being in the late autumn or early winter of his life He lets us know this through the eyes of the younger person by the line thou mayst in me behold when yellow leaves or none or few do hang1-2 Shakespeare tells me that he is in ill health by referring to his body as temple religion sometimes refers to your body as temple I think Shakespeare makes this connection or a church that is in great disrepair the interior being exposed to the elements with the words Bare ruined choirs4 There is a bit of irony here when Shakespeare sets some sweet birds 4 where the voices of choir could be heard The sound of a choir replaced by song birds reflects a lost of strength It is a dark cold and dreary setting that the author has set us in Shakespeare also seems to be trembling as his limbs shake against the cold in line three Does he shake because of the cold or the advanced age we find him in The passing of a day into night is the theme
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