Sonnet Essay

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SONNET 73 That time of year thou may'st in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. 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. In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, As the death-bed whereon it must expire Consum'd with that which it was nourish'd by. This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong, To love that well which thou must leave ere long. SONNET 73 | PARAPHRASE | That time of year thou mayst in me behold | In me you can see that time of year | When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang | When a few yellow leaves or none at all hang | Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, | On the branches, shaking against the cold, | Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. | Bare ruins of church choirs where lately the sweet birds sang. | In me thou seest the twilight of such day | In me you can see only the dim light that remains | As after sunset fadeth in the west, | After the sun sets in the west, | Which by and by black night doth take away, | Which is soon extinguished by black night, | Death's second self, that seals up all in rest. | The image of death that envelops all in rest. | In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire | I am like a glowing ember | That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, | Lying on the dying flame of my youth, | As the death-bed whereon it must expire, | As on the death bed where it must finally expire, | Consum'd with that which it was nourish'd by. | Consumed by that which once fed it. | This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong, | This you sense, and it

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