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Sonnet 73 - Referat

The poem Sonnet 73 was written by William Shakespeare and deals with the transience of life and is adressed to W.H., a young man adored by Shakespeare.

In the first quatrain, from l.1-l.4, the speaker compares himself with nature and says that one day he also will be aged and unattractive.
In the second quatrain, from l.5-l.8, the speaker refers to the night, which takes away the day and that death appears in everything else.
In the third quatrain, from l.9-l.12, the speaker says that fire dies in its ashes.
In the final couplet, from l.13-l.14, the speaker says that his beloved should realize the transience of the human being and that his beloved should now love him even more strongly before he dies.

The sonnet consists of three quatrains and a final couplet and is composed in iambic pentameter.
The ryhme scheme is ababcdcdefefgg, which iy typical of Shakespearean sonnets. This clear-cut structure makes it easier for the reader to understand it.The structure and the content are well-suited to each other.

The speaker makes some allusions to well-known thoughts and ideas like the Memento Mori and the Carpe Diem.
Memento Mori means "remember you will die" and Carpe Diem means "Enjoy the day". These ideas describe the transience of beauty and love and therefore everyone should enjoy his life because life is too short and no one should throw it away.
Sonnet 73 also reflects these ideas because the lyrical I talks about age, death and the transience of life. Therefore the speaker wants his beloved to love him now before he dies. The speaker believes that time is a valuable possession and that eveyone should spend his life by loving someone because love is the greatest good.

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