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Response #15 Tan Huy Hoang Nguyen Professor Pam O’Klock-Stein English 1B 22 January 2006 “Sonnet” by William Shakespeare - 73 The poet indicates his feeling that he has not long to live through the imagery of the wintry bough, twilight’s afterglow, and a fire’s dying embers. All the images in this sonnet suggest impending death. First, the poet compares himself to autumn leaves, but he is unable to pinpoint their exact number, just as he cannot determine how close he is to death: “When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang / Upon those boughs which shake
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Unformatted text preview: against the cold.” Secondly, he talks of “twilight” as “after the sun fadeth in the west,”— a traditional metaphor for death. Death is close to the poet, for he imagines death twice more, first as “black night” and then as sleep, “Death’s second self.” The poet likened his desire for the young man to “purging fire.” Now, however, his fire is but dying embers, a “deathbed” fueled by his love for the youth, “Consumed with that which it was nourished by.” Death is pretty sad....
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