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The Use of Time in Shakespeares Sonnets Shakespeares Sonnets are provocative and emotional reflections on intimate relationships possibly inspired by lovers from the early part of Shakespeares career the same time during which Romeo and Juliet was composed Through the use of personification Shakespeare confronts the natural processes which create and destroy life especially concentrating on the vigorous beauty of creation in its prime When I consider every thing that grows Holds in perfection but a little moment Sonnet 15 1-2 He is sensitive to the frailty of the peak of life how time hastily takes it as soon as it is displayed He strives through the Sonnets to capture the youth so quickly lost to Time Shakespeare allots human characteristics to Time in some of his Sonnets in order to give it a form so that it is something which can be palpated and conceptualized in essence He likens time to a giver and taker of youth and defies its inevitable confiscation by absorbing his attention in styli zing perfect verse which exclaims and imitates his loves beauty and provides a residence for it within the confines of his words By recognizing Time as a natural power among other forces which control the Earths processes and by giving these forces traits which we can relate to he then qualifies himself to contest these agents of change Time to Shakespeare is an authority a deity and an inevitable aspect of existence which cannot be changed but can only challenged through perfect re-creation of its victims in his poetry Sonnet 126 demonstrates Times struggle with Nature over the lover mentioned If Nature sovereign mistress over wrack As thou goest onwards still will pluck thee back He explains that though Nature wants to maintain his lovers youth Time is owed his due and Nature will eventually have to render thee 12 Shakespeare presents time to us as an ultimate authority and an unalterable catalyst for the
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