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Sonnet 65

Summary: Sonnet 65 by Shakespeare argues that beauty and youth are illusions as they inevitably fade with the effects of time. The reader is pulled into the age old battle between humanity's desire for immortality and inevitable physical decay. The theme of mortality is developed using references to nature and beauty being devastated by time. The use of imagery, metaphor, personification, irony, diction, sound patterns, structure and allusion, combine to convey the message that whilst time is all consuming, there is a chance that the immortality of verse will prevail.
Sonnet 65

Sonnet 65 by Shakespeare argues that beauty and youth are illusions as they inevitably fade with the effects of time. The reader is pulled into the age old battle between humanity's desire for immortality and inevitable physical decay. Shakespeare suggests that it is only ideas captured by `black ink' (verses) that have any hope of transcending the test of time. The metaphoric loss of a legal battle by `beauty' against the `rage' of time in the first quatrain is intertwined with images of nature, to reinforce the idea that evading decay is hopeless. Time's metaphoric `battering' of the fortress of youth in the second quatrain warns that not even humanity's strongest attempts at self preservation can prevent mortality. The use of imagery, metaphor, personification, irony, diction, sound patterns, structure and allusion, combine to convey the message that whilst time is all consuming, there is a chance that the...

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