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Sonnet 12: When I do count the clock that tells the time Analysis



Author: poem of William Shakespeare Type: poem Views: 48

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When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls all silvered o'er with white;
When lofty trees I see barren of leaves
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer's green all girded up in sheaves
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,
Then of thy beauty do I question make
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;
    And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence
    Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.

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uhm i have to study this poem for my exam so i had to search and see what people think about it,not much difference.
the poem basiccaly is about the power of time. the way time controls everthing important in life,both the trees,beauty and age. as he referes to how the leaves grow old and even make sheds for the animals and the plants on the coffin. he then goes deep to talk about a female. the poem doesnt say lover" but he says her beauty would also fade away as time passes by refering to the power of time. So the only way to fight against the power of time is a fact that we should all breed which would make us have more offsprings to enjoy life

| Posted on 2014-11-05 | by a guest


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uhm i have to study this poem for my exam so i had to search and see what people think about it,not much difference.
the poem basiccaly is about the power of time. the way time controls everthing important in life,both the trees,beauty and age. as he referes to how the leaves grow old and even make sheds for the animals and the plants on the coffin. he then goes deep to talk about a female. the poem doesnt say lover" but he says her beauty would also fade away as time passes by refering to the power of time. So the only way to fight against the power of time is a fact that we should all breed which would make us have more offsprings to enjoy life

| Posted on 2014-11-05 | by a guest


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Paraphrase-
When I see the clock passing time
and see the gallent day sink into the horrible night
When I see the violet flowers wilt
and black curls, turned white
When I see tall treesbarren of leaves
which made shade for animals
And the summer\'s plants surrounded in stalks
Born on the coffin with an old, white beard
Then I question your beauty
Because you must also go along the wastes of time
Since sweet and beautiful things abandon themselves
And die as fast as they see others grow
And nothing can defend against Time\'s destruction
Except to breed and stand up when Time takes you

| Posted on 2011-08-07 | by a guest


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I think that this is a load of shit and you guys are all nerds with no life...

| Posted on 2011-05-31 | by a guest


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it tells me about the time the white breed represents the time

| Posted on 2011-03-27 | by a guest


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Adding to what I just wrote about "the edge of doom," it's only fair to point out that in sonnet 18 he writes - not hopefully, but at least of love surviving death and of beauty unaffected by time:
"Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;"
Here, his poetry (as long at it is read - so far, so good!) will make his love different from all the other things that die or change or are diminished by time - "summer's lease hath all too short a date." And it is not just love, but beauty too, which will be made eternal: "thy eternal summer shall not fade/nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st" -- through Shakespeare's lines, which of course will themselves be eternal as long as men can breathe and see (that is, forever).

| Posted on 2010-07-18 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2010-02-12 | by a guest


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The toll or tick of a clock, the setting sun, withering flowers, falling leaves, the autumn harvest all make me aware of the passing of time, reminding me that you (the young man) too will grow old and die. Therefore, now, while you are still young, you should marry and breed (have children) who will live on after you. Only in this way can you defeat death.
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| Posted on 2009-12-29 | by a guest


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Paraphrase-
When I see the clock passing time
and see the gallent day sink into the horrible night
When I see the violet flowers wilt
and black curls, turned white
When I see tall treesbarren of leaves
which made shade for animals
And the summer's plants surrounded in stalks
Born on the coffin with an old, white beard
Then I question your beauty
Because you must also go along the wastes of time
Since sweet and beautiful things abandon themselves
And die as fast as they see others grow
And nothing can defend against Time's destruction
Except to breed and stand up when Time takes you

| Posted on 2009-02-02 | by a guest


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shakespeare talks about the passing of time and how it affects nature, how all things lose its spark and eventually deteriorate. Then he goes on comparing that aspect to his lover's beauty, and how, with everything else, her beauty will decline as well.
shakespeare also recognizes the time as an enemy for of beauty; however, he fails to realize that once this battle is fought, it will be lost because nothing can beat time.

| Posted on 2008-12-17 | by a guest


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When I sum up the time that has passed,
And see the great day disappear into the dark night,
When I observe the period of perfection,
And
When I see the once grand trees deteriorated by time
Which the heard use to hind under in times of heat
With summers harvest all grouped together in the cart
Carried away, with whisky growth around the grain
Then I begin to ponder what might happen to your beauty
That you to will decline like all things do
Since sweets and beautiful things abandon themselves
As one thing dies, another thing is right there to take its place
And nothing can make any difference against the powerful weapon time is
Except having young, to continue the war against time.

Paraphrase

| Posted on 2007-05-28 | by a guest




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