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When self reflecting what old age means the assumption came to mind ofsomething that physically happens over time to prepare for the end oflife After reading Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare I look into myglass by Thomas Hardy and To Earthward by Robert Frost I found that myassumptions were omitting some very important factors Old age isrepresented in these three poems as a natural cycle an agonizing cycleand a depressive cycle The three poems are very different in how oldage is portrayed but they have one thing in common it happens toeveryone Sonnet 73 by William Shakespeare represents the quality of old age asbeing a natural cycle He uses metaphors throughout this sonnet todemonstrate the natural cycle of nature in relation to a human growingolder Yellow Leaves shows the change from one season to anotherjust as a persons physical appearance changes from one season toanother The word Twilight is used to represent dusk Dusk is thenatural end to a day just as old age naturally represents the end to alife Expire using the word expire shows that everything has an endThe mood of the poem can be demonstrated by a mix of sweetfadeth and glowing These words do not give the reader any senseof pain or sadness The overall quality of old age is a natural thingthat just happensI look into my glass by Thomas Hardy represents the quality of old ageas being old on the outside but internally never changing It has anagonizing portrayal of what a person will go through when they reach theolder ages Hardy uses the word wasting to represent his skin iswasting away The diction in this word can represents the mood of thepoem to explain a sad man who just wants to feel something Hardy usesthe word lonely to set the mood of the whole poem The wordGrieve makes the reader actually grieve for him in his agony All hewants is to look on the outside how he feels
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