Student Activities for Sonnet 73
Essential Questions for "Sonnet 73"
- How can time create conflict in a person’s life?
- Is it more important to “seize the day” and live in the moment, or to be very conscious of what might happen in the years to come?
- How do the seasons of nature reflect our own life cycle?
A Quick Synopsis of "Sonnet 73"
The narrator opens the poem by comparing the passing of his life to the season autumn, which quickly fades into the cold, barren winter. He also compares his dwindling time to common motifs such as twilight, and the embers of a once-roaring fire. Typical of Shakespeare sonnets, however, there is a twist in the final couplet: the narrator directly addresses someone in this final couplet, saying that that person sees all of these images of dying, but they make that person’s love stronger (perhaps for the narrator), since that person knows they will eventually lose the object of their affections. This final couplet could also be viewed as the narrator advising the readers that we see age and the ones we love getting older, so we should increase our love for them even more, because we don’t know how much time we have left with them.
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