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Sonnet 73 Sonnet 73 gives an insight into a particularly emotional time in William Shakespeares life William Shakespeare who lived during the second half of the 16th century and the early 17th century wrote sonnet 73 to an anonymous lover The sonnet discuses themes of time love and finally death The sonnet uses AB AB rhyme meaning that the first line rhymes with the third whilst the second line rhymes with the fourth Sonnet 73 is divided into three quatrains summarising the poem with a couplet at the end There is a progression of time decline throughout the sonnet The first quatrain is a season the second a day and the third the few hours it takes for a fire to burn out The theme of the sonnet is that love is stronger than time and physical decay but does not survive death In this sonnet the poet compares himself to three different things the first being a tree in the autumn That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves or none or few do hang Thou meaning you represents the love of the writers life of which there were two the Dark Lady and the Young Man The poem takes place in the autumn of his life This contrast shows the stages of his life his mid-life The word boughs bare branches also implies that it is autumn The metaphor ruind choirs in line four means the tree which in summer birds had sung on but the bringing of autumn took the life from the tree The words twilight of such day in line five the beginning of the second quatrain represents the evening of the writers life Sunset fadeth explains how once the sun has gone down all he has to look forward to is darkness and death Which by and by black night doth take away This quatrain emphasises the fact that evening is becoming night
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