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Sonnet 60

Shakespear's Sonnet 60 for Honer's English B2
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Abbey Hines

on 21 November 2012

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Transcript of Sonnet 60

Sonnet 60 By :William Shakespear
Project by: Abbey Hines B2 Figurative Language Paraphrase Volta Tone Hyperbole Metaphor Personification Simile http://vimeo.com/44723043 Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.
Nativity, once in the main of light,
Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crown'd,
Crooked eclipses 'gainst his glory fight,
And Time that gave doth now his gift confound.
Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth
And delves the parallels in beauty's brow,
Feeds on the rarities of nature's truth,
And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow:
And yet to ties in hope my verse shall stand,
Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand. "Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;"

- This simile compares the waves of the ocean
to the minutes in a lifetime. "Nativity, once in the main of light,
Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crown'd,
Crooked eclipses 'gainst his glory fight,"

- This metaphor represents how the rising and
setting of the sun is similar to the growth and
life of a person. "And Time that gave doth now his gift condfound.
Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth,
and delves the parallels in beauty's brow,
Freeds on the rarities of nature's truth,
And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow:"

- In these lines time is personified as a farmer who
digs wrinkles into a young person's face and uses
his scythe to the mow down the old crops or those
who's time has come. "Each Changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forward do contend."

- The hyperbole here is in the word toil. Toil means to
work extremely hard or incessantly where as Shakespeare
is referring to waves or moments replacing one another
which actually come with great ease.
Just like waves push toward the rocky shore,
So do the minutes of our life come to an end,
Each moment replacing the one that went before,
Born, once into the light of the Earth,
A person grows with time, until they have lived fully,
Old age sets in pushing out the youth,
And Time, that once helped youth grow, now destroys it.
Time will pierce youth's beauty
And dig wrinkles into its forehead,
Feeding on the best of nature's truths,
And nothing exists that won't be mowed down by his scythe:
And yet, hopefully my poetry remains
praising your worth, even with how cruel time can be. - The volta or break occurs between lines 12 and 13

"And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow:
And yet to times in hope, my verse shall stand" - The tone of Sonnet 60 is quite sad and melancholic. The speaker
is talking about the circle of life which involves passing on to make
way for new life.

- The speaker changes to a more hopeful tone at the ending couplet. Reading of Sonnet 60 *Fun Pun* Note the pun on "our minutes" in line 2
- the phrase sounds like "hour minutes"
- this is sonnet 60, and there are 60 minutes in an hour. Theme - Sonnet 60 is a good example of the theme of the ravage of time. It focuses on the effects and damage of time along with the cycle of life.
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