Sonnet 73 - despair he refers to his age as a twilight...

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Response to Sonnet 73 Sonnet 73 is a metaphor for the late stages of life. Each quatrain breaks into different stages of thought. It seems that by the end the speaker is sure that he will die soon. In the first quatrain the speaker addresses his audience with the situation he finds himself in. He compares his age to autumn when the leaves have all fallen from their trees. He also compares it to a ruined church choir where the only singing comes from birds. The second quatrain addresses the speaker’s feelings. Instead of gloom and
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Unformatted text preview: despair he refers to his age as a twilight. Although the day is fading, he is reminding us or himself that this is still a beautiful time. The last line left me wondering if “Death’s second self” was sleep. The final quatrain seemed to be the richest in metaphor. As a fire, the speaker is nearing the end of the fuel that keeps him burning. Eventually, he will be consumed in the ash of what once nourished him. The couplet gives praise to those who understand finality, and says that they are better off for it....
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