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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARES SONNET NUMBER THREE Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest Now is the time that face should form another Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest Thou dost beguile the world unbless some mother For where is she so fair whose uneared womb Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry Or who is he so fond will be the tomb Of his self-love to stop posterity Thou art thy mothers glass and she in thee Calls back the lovely April of her prime So thou through windows of thine age shalt see Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time But if thou live remembred not to be Die single and thine image dies with thee Analysis Shakespeares Sonnet No Three was written in A B A B iambic pentameter it has fourteen lines and first two lines are couplet The sonnet is about a husbands attempt to convince his wife to want to have children Shakespeares audience consists of his wife who does not want children In the sonnet he relies on her fear of mortality to try to convince her to have children in order to achieve immortality The argument of this sonnet is if his wife does not want children then not only does she deny herself immortality but she also denies immortality to the family name The first quatrain introduces the theme with the image of reflected beauty Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest ll 1 The audience his lover is supposed to say that she sees the face of youth and beauty It is assumed that the audience is the speakers wife because if they werent married it would be unlikely for them to hold such conversation She is resistant to the idea of having children The reason is not made clear in
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