Sonnet 71 &73

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Many of William Shakespeare’s sonnets are similar in their subject matter and who they address, but contain varying tones. Two of Shakespeare’s sonnets that fit this description are “Sonnet 71” and “Sonnet 73”. While both sonnets are written for the speaker’s lover and deal with the subject of death dying, sonnet 71 depicts a pessimistic and morbid tone, while sonnet 73 illustrates a bittersweet one. The differences in tone can be attributed to Shakespeare’s word choice, his use of figurative language, and his vivid imagery. Death is the main theme of both sonnets but the tone may differ a little. The tone of Sonnet 71 is a sad but at the same time concern and apologetic, in the other hand the tone of Sonnet 73 is only sad. In both poems the writers are embracing death and are trying to say goodbye to their love ones. In Sonnet 71 we see it more accurately “Nay, if you read this line, remember not the hand that writ it; for I love you so that I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot if thinking on me then should make you woe”; as well we see how the tone is because even though he is sad he is going to die he is more concern about his beloved, he doesn’t want her to suffer when he is gone “Lest the wise world should look into your moan,
 And mock you with me after I am gone..” In Sonnet 73 we may think the writer is sad and is only trying to say goodbye, but in lines 13 and 14 _“ This is thou perceives, which makes thy love more strong. To love that well which _thou must leave ere long” there is a twist in which we may observe he is talking to his beloved and how their love is going to live forever. Shakespeare writes about the mortality of men in Sonnets 71 and 73. Even though they are both similar in context he uses different figurative language to help us understand both the tone and theme. In both sonnets the writer tries to say goodbye to the beloved one
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