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William Shakespeare uses Sonnet 95 to reveal corruption of youth and beauty More specifically the sonnet speaks of the corruption of a young man due to his own sins 6 and sexual accomplishments and the glorification he earns from this Shakespeares diction and meter clearly reveal this twisted tale of vices destruction of virtue A critical analysis can evoke this tale and the warning Shakespeare makes to this beautiful young man regarding his life and promiscuous activities Shakespeare reveals the beauty of the young man in the first line with words sweet 1 and lovely 1 but overshadows this character with implied shame 1 This is not the common meaning of shame but is the sin that blossoms after premarital sexual encounters This traditional Shakespearean abab rhyme scheme further implies that this becomes more than shame but a canker in the fragrant rose 2 Flower 2 in this line refers to this young mans great beauty but canker 2 destroys this beauty The meaning that Shakespeare speaks of is a worm or maggot that matriculates inside and destroys the flower The worm kills the flower from the inside out and is not discovered until the flower blooms It can then be seen that the flower is destroyed but not until the flower blossoms The word spot 3 in line 3 reinforces this image referring to a blemish or disease inside the flower This stain is the evil inside this young beautiful man referred to as the budding name 3 which unknowingly shames him This stain could be an internal vice or could possibly be the physical repercussions syphilis of sexual promiscuity The sweets 4 are the fine looks the character possesses with which he is able to enclose 4 or hide his disease Despite this grace and craftiness Shakespeare emphasizes the destruction of the young man with a spondee in the fourth foot of line 4 Besides this stress and the initial spondee in
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