Presentation on theme: "Sonnet 73 By Shakespeare. Shakespeare wrote Sonnet 73 in the early 1600’s during the Elizabethan Era to his male lover. This sonnet is part of a set (sonnets."— Presentation transcript:
Shakespeare wrote Sonnet 73 in the early 1600’s during the Elizabethan Era to his male lover. This sonnet is part of a set (sonnets 18-126) where he expresses his love for a young man. Some people believe these poems were platonic, others say they were romantic.
In sonnet 73 Shakespeare is the speaker of the poem. He is the narrator talking to the intended audience. The intended audience is believed to be his male lover, Earl of Southampton.
That time of year thou mayst 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 seest 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 Consumed 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.
The narrator is at the end of his life and is going to die. His lover is young and full of life. It isn’t sensible for the young lover to love him anymore because he is so old. In the end though, the young lover loves him more because he knows they only have a little time left together. Basically in this poem, Shakespeare is saying that age shouldn’t matter in true love.
The poem was controversial being it wasn’t known that it was written to a man. Also it wasn’t normal for a 20 year old to be in love with a 60 year old. His poem could also seems like a parody of Petrachi form. This is because the poem contains a male muse rather than a female one.
Today this poem could be relevant and important because the divorce rate is high and he is saying that age shouldn’t matter in true love. That because he is old and dying the young lover loves him even more knowing that their time together is going to end soon. His poem talks about love so true that it doesn’t stop even with death near.