Analysis of Shakespeare Sonnet 12

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The passage of time is a popular theme amongst Shakespeare’s sonnets more specifically in Sonnet 12. In Sonnet 12 Shakespeare speaks about seasons changing and objects dying all as time passes without pause. Event after event happens in a cycle with birth being the start and death being the end and everyone is a part of it. It is also important to note that this being Sonnet 12 is significant in that there are twelve hours in a day, twelve hours in a night, and twelve months in a year which plays into the theme of time. Shakespeare creates the resolution that the passage of time cannot be avoided and the only way to deal with it is to be brave and breed so that one’s species lives on and he does his by implementing antithesis, imagery, alliteration, and personification into his sonnet.
Shakespeare uses antithesis in regard to day and night, a specific passage of time. The line “ And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;” is an exemplar of this antithesis. Shakespeare speaks of watching day turning to night and in doing so he makes the differentiation of day being splendid an...
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