In his final years, Shakespeare turned to the romantic with Cymbeline, A Winter's Tale, and The Tempest. Each one has a slightly different view of aging, but none of them are positive. Interestingly, Shakespeare was, at most, 36 when he wrote this poem. How does this relate to the times you live in? Just as the tree is losing its' leaves, Shakespeare could be losing his hair. They keep piling up, echoing each other, climaxing in certain phrases: 'sweet birds sang, ' 'Death's second self, ' Against this slithery, hypnotic sound, the harder but liquid 'l's' keep one floating as if on air, until the lovely climax of the last line: 'To love that well which thou must leave ere long' love well, leave ere long. Shakespeare Quarterly Vol 36 Number 4 1985. Cell 5: Then, I found out that Meaghan is moving all the way to Texas! But to make this argument is to miss the psychological narrative contained within the choice of metaphors themselves.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire, That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, As the deathbed whereon it must expire, Consumed with that which it was nourished by. Maybe he's not referring to physically growing old but to aging out of his youthful passions, and he praising his lover for sticking with him, even if he's not the passionate young man he once was. The opening line is an example of enjambement. Most people have heard on television or in movies, some guy tell his girlfriend that she has eyes as deep as the ocean or lips as soft as velvet. Cell 2: I promised myself that I would make the most of my free time, and planned all kinds of fun activities, like going to the beach, traveling to Florida, and going camping! Third Quatrain Shakespeare pulls out one more pretty typical comparison. The reader perceives this eminent death and, because he does, he loves the author even more.
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. Death brings everyone to eternal rest. In fact, all of the images in the poem seem to take place outside among the elements of nature. Line 1 is a clear reference to time and its relation to the aging process. Each quatrain also gives hints about the very different future that is coming where death will take over.
By dropping from a year, to a day, to the brief duration of a fire, Shakespeare is establishing empathy for our speaker through the lapse in time. Even though we inevitably have to let go of a loved one as their life comes to a natural end, we should try and focus on the bond of love that exists. The Sonnets ; and, A Lover's Complaint. Given the rhyme scheme of every other line within the quatrain, as an audience we are to infer a statement is being made by the end of every four lines. The unexpected ending about love does not disprove this melancholic content. As the fire is dying so is Shakespeare. The sentences in Sonnet 73 are long and detailed with visual imagery regarding Autumn, twilight, and the last glow of a dying fire.
Nothing in nature remains constant. However, an alternative understanding of the sonnet presented by Prince asserts that the author does not intend to address death, but rather the passage of youth. In 1599 Shakespeare joined a group of Chamberlain's Men that would form a syndicate to build and operate a new playhouse: the Globe, which became the most famous theater of its time. Final Couplet Shakespeare uses the final couplet of his sonnets to turn things around and present a solution to his problem. This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong, To love that well which thou must leave ere long. The long sentences also add an effect that the speaker is trying to prolong his life by stretching the syntax.
He links life to fire - nothing new there. Okay Bill, I think we get it! The first such interpretation is that the author of the poem is speaking to someone else about his own death that will inevitably come in the future. 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. The sonnet is one of the straightest forward in language and intent. Do we not have obsessions with the way we look? It seemed like all the time in the world! Humanists inspired the themes of love, aging, beauty, and death, which were prevalent in Shakespeare's works such as in Sonnet 73 where the themes of love and death are present. By reading the final couplet in this manner, the reader will realize that the two discordant meanings of the final statement do in fact merge to provide a more complex impression of the author's state of mind.
Shakespeare may have taught at school during this period, but it seems more probable that shortly after 1585 he went to London to begin his apprenticeship as an actor. 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. Therefore, when Shakespeare breaks from iambic meter and has two or more stresses fall together, he adds variety and emphasis. Some editors, however, choose to insert 'like' into the opening of line 4, thus changing the passage to mean 'the boughs of the yellow leaves shake against the cold like the jagged arches of the choir stand exposed to the cold. The speaker says he's in the 'twilight of such day' and the sun is fading 'in the West.
The Composition of Shakespeare's Plays. It's as if the speaker is saying 'I'm growing old, that much is clear. William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon. Man and the Natural World The first two quatrains of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 feature extended metaphors comparing the speaker's situation in life to some aspect from the natural world, like autumn trees and darkening skies. By writing from a nonreligious viewpoint, humanists centered on worldly subjects such as love and natural, absolute death as a cause of time, inspiring the major themes found in Shakespeare's Sonnet 73. The organization of the Shakespearean Sonnet allows the poet to present different ideas and comparisons in each of the three quatrains. The metaphors convey the themes of death, time, man and the natural world, and love as the speaker's old age reflects the cycle of life found in nature and the human race; there is an end to everything, but a beginning always follows such as the beginning of the season, the beginning of a day, or the birth of a new human-being.