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Granda 1 Jaeline Granda Mr. Townsend AP English Literature, Block 3A 16 October 2015 The Natural Phases of Life in Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 73” In “Sonnet 73,” Shakespeare establishes the importance of the addressee’s expression of love towards the speaker because of the temporal state of life by comparing the speaker’s stages of life with the passing of time in nature through the imagery of the wintry bough, twilight’s afterglow, and a fire’s dying embers. In the initial quatrain, the speaker compares the seasons of the year to what he perceives to be his old age. As autumn is fading and winter is approaching, the speaker contemplates on his life and creates a sense of uncertainty when he says, “That time of year thou mayst in me behold / When yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang” (1-2). The speaker cannot decide the number of yellow leaves that are visible, just as he cannot determine how close he really is to death. The speaker also seems to be giving the addressee choice as to whether or not he agrees
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