A lot of the imagery of this poem is imitated from The Song of Solomon 4. Such fragrant flowers doe give most odorous smell, But her sweet odour did them all excell. The rest of the poem is spent comparing her various body parts to different smelling flowers; it is very unusual to have a blazon be an olfactory poem. The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Time is thus characterized as an unfair tyrant, against which delicate beauty stands no chance in court. Ironically, this back-and-forth thinking mirrors the movement of the waves to the shore — an image the poet uses in many of the time-themed sonnets in this sequence.
And the firm soil win of the watery main, 7. Her ruddy blushed cheeks were like red roses. Shakespeare's dread of time and age taking away his praised beloved seems to alarm him above all of the other entities he observes throughout his Sonnet 64, though he despairs in the idea that losing him is beyond his control. The love he is losing could have one of two meanings: it could either be the true death of his beloved, or in fact simply the love he has for his beloved. Most critics place Sonnet 64 in a chronological sequence or group with Sonnets 62-74.
In other words, because the speaker is letting the past overwhelm his thoughts, he therefore cannot think positively about the future due to past habits or tendencies. His lovers look forward to marriage as a matter of course, and they neither anticipate its rights nor turn their affections elsewhere. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1 November 1999. The latter meaning is difficult and does not entirely make sense, as it is not clear what services brass could perform as the minion of mortal rage, other than to be molested by it. The melancholy train of thought which commenced with. The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets. This benefit is overlooked due to the structure.
The first 126 sonnets are addressed to an unknown young man, and the others are dedicated to a mysterious woman, both of whom Shakespeare praises, loves, and scrutinizes repetitively. All this he is willing to accept, and asks Stella to accept, so that he can remain constant to his ill-fated love. The Shakespearean Sonnets were written during the Elizabethan Era in England. This takes up the idea of kingdom from line 6. Love is a passion, kindling heart, brain, and senses alike in natural and happy proportions; ardent but not sensual, tender but not sentimental, pure but not ascetic, moral but not puritanic, joyous but not frivolous, mirthful and witty but not cynical. But no, in the long run, it does fill us with a sense of futility.
The second quatrain is written in a rhyme scheme of cdcd. In the poet's case, it is through his verse that he will emerge victorious. Baldwin, On the Literary Genetics of Shakespeare's Poems and Sonnets, p. There where the long street roars hath been The stillness of the central sea. O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out How will the honeyed breath of summer withstand Against the wreckful siege of battering days, The battering storm of time, When rocks impregnable are not so stout, When mortality even destroys Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays? The second quatrain portrays a victorless struggle between the sea and the land. Sonnet 64 By: Laura Dunnican Theme Idea 1: Fear of change Idea 3: Change is inevitable Idea 2: Benefit to change is overlooked Sonnet 64 The fear of change or loss cannot keep it from happening.
Shakespeare's Sonnets Edited with analytic commentary by Stephen Booth. With either grammatical interpretation the meaning is fairly evident. Time takes love away, a thought is like a death, one weeps to have what one fears to lose. Its closeness in sound to ruin and ruinate is no doubt deliberate. This thought is as a death, which cannot choose But to have that which it fears to lose. However, another critic, Brents Stirling, disagrees. The sumptuous buildings or other appurtenances of a generation or a people which has decayed and passed away, and which is now buried in the dust.
Due to its short length, it is easy to manage for both the writer and the reader. Extending its own domain by what the other loses, and losing by what the other gains. However, Sonnet 64 does not specify whether Shakespeare is more upset over the loss of life or the loss of love. Probably a reference to the defacement of idols - the destruction of any images of saints or divinity, which were a special target of Puritan and Reformist zeal. In other words because the speaker is letting the past overwhelm his thoughts, he therefore cannot think positively about the future due to past habits or tendencies. As James Grimshaw analyzes the final two lines, Shakespeare substitutes the word which for death in the couplet, adding more emphasis on the sonnet's theme of death as an overpowering force.
In this way, Shakespeare is able to feel better about himself, because the love of his life was taken from him involuntarily. The concluding couplet, in contrast to Shakespeare's typical practice, provides no solution, no clever twist; only inevitable tears. And for further confirmation of 8-6 as the dominant structure, the poem is just two sentences long, eight and six lines respectively, with the fulcrum quite clearly between the two. How could your beauty, which is as fragile as the sweet breath of summer, hold out against the destructive assaults of time when neither invulnerable rocks nor gates of steel are strong enough to resist its decaying power? In contrast to the previous sonnet, the poet once again is reassured that his sonnets will provide the youth immortality — his verse is the only thing that can withstand time's decay. That it allows my love to shine eternally out of this black ink. This entry was posted in and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , by.
Time takes love away, a thought is like a death, one weeps to have what one fears to lose. When I have seen such interchange of state, 9. Analysis and Criticism of Sonnet 64 The critic T. But weep to have that which it fears to lose. The Complete Sonnets and Poems.