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Sonnet 65

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Transcript of Sonnet 65

Rhyme Scheme Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o'er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright. Sonnet 65 Biography of William Shakespeare All beauty is subject to death, but inner
beauty can last an eternity. Sonnet 65
By: William Shakespeare Theme of Sonnet 65 Literal Meaning of Sonnet 65 The sonnet is about the ravages of time on both love and life, and how William Shakespeare attempts to overcome mortality with his immortal writings. Symbolic Meaning of Sonnet 65 The symbolic meaning of sonnet 65 is that superficial beauty only lasts a short while but eternal beauty and love can last ad infinitive. Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea, A
But sad mortality o'er-sways their power, B
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, A
Whose action is no stronger than a flower? B
O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out C
Against the wreckful siege of battering days, D
When rocks impregnable are not so stout, C
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays? D
O fearful meditation! where, alack, E
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid? F
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back? E
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid? F
O, none, unless this miracle have might, G
That in black ink my love may still shine bright. G Shakespearean Sonnet Format First quatrain: An exposition of the main theme and main metaphor.Second quatrain: Theme and metaphor extended or complicated; often, some imaginative example is given.Third quatrain: Peripeteia (a twist or conflict), often introduced by a "but" (very often leading off the ninth line).Couplet: Summarizes and leaves the reader with a new, concluding image. Sonnet 65 Paraphrase Since brass and stone, earth and sea, Are subject to death, How can beauty withstand that destructive force, When its strength is similar only to a flower? How will the honeyed breath of summer withstand The battering storm of time, When mortality even destroys Great rocks and gates made of iron? What a scary thought! For where alas, Shall time's best jewel (his lover), be hid from time's dark chest? Or what strong hand can hold back the swift foot of Time? Or who can destroy beauty? None, unless there is hope in the miracle of my verse, That it allows my love to shine eternally out of this black ink. Attitude Reader: Beauty can with stand the tests of time. Outer Beauty dies but inner beauty will last a long time. Shakespeare's Attitude: That beauty is only true within. Literal terms in Sonnet 65
Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o'er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright.
Personification
Metaphor
Metaphor Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o'er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright Where the pink line is placed Shakespeare switches to a more dark and serious tone. Bibliography http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/65.html http://www.adistantsoil.com/2010/09/01/this-is-not-0s-and-1s/mona-lisa/ http://www.youtube.com/ http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/65detail.html http://nfs.sparknotes.com/sonnets/sonnet_65.html
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