Sonnet 60 by Shakespeare

SONNET 60

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.
Nativity, once in the main of light,
Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crown’d,
Crooked eclipses ‘gainst his glory fight,
And Time, that gave, doth now his gift confound.
Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth,
And delves the parallels in beauty’s brow,
Feeds on the rarities of nature’s truth,
And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow.
And yet to times in hope my verse shall stand,
Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.

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Prepare a drive and include the following information:

-What is the poem about? Write a summary in 2 lines.

-What is the theme? Which lines is evidence of it?

-What is the tone?

-Images in the first 4 lines: the sea /in the next five lines: , the sun / and agriculture in the following 4 lines. Why do you think Shakespeare chose to use these images in this order?

Personification is the most powerful literary device that Shakespeare uses, simply because the poem rests upon the human characteristics that Time possesses. Show an example of Personification.

-What is your opinion about the poem?

-Can you find any other literary figures?

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