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SONNET 73 ANALYSES This poem is an expression of love, filled with vibrant metaphors and structured into three quatrains and a final moving couplet. This poem expresses the sentiments of love, along with those of ageing and death though metaphors. The sequence of this poem describes the poet reflecting near the end of his life with a loved one by his side. While his images may be dark, the message is of his love, is so strong that it may be able to endure the pain of seeing his life fade away. In the beginning of this poem the poet uses the metaphor of autumn turning to winter when speaking to his loved one. “That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. Just like that time of year when leaves fall from trees, the author has changed like the seasons, losing his youth. The “shake against the cold” metaphor indicates to me that winter is approaching and that translates into being cold and desolation is coming, especially during those times when this poem was written. Just as fall turning into winter is considered the end of a season “where late sweet birds sang” notes of his aging body but yet still remembers his youth. In the second quatrain, the poet continues with dark images of a life near its end. In me thou see’st the twilight of such day As after sunset fadeth in the west; Which by and by black night doth take away, Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest. The poet compares his age to the late twilight “As sunset fadeth in the west” and he continues into darkness. He compares black of night to death, “by black of night doth take away”. Note now that the poet has changed his images from aging into dying. This message


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