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Shakespearian Sonnet AnalysisAmong the most interesting figures of Elizabeth I’s reign was the character of William Shakespeare. In addition to his plays, this man was the author of 154 sonnets. Of these, sonnets II and sonnet VII, are particularly interesting to compare to each other. Each one deals with the loss of youth, with the reality of old age, and with the ultimate importance of begetting a “fair child” (II: 9) to oneself. Each arrives ultimately at the same conclusion: “Unlooked on thou diest unless thou get a son,” (VII: 13).However, the method of getting to that conclusion is different with each poem, as the progression of ideasbetween the quatrains takes a very different order. For, while the focus of one is on one’s feelings for oneself, the focus of the other is on the feelings of others for oneself.Sonnet VII uses a metaphor throughout comparing a person’s life to the “burning head” (VII: 2) of the sun. The first quatrain deals with the sun’s “new-appearing sight” (VII: 3) as it first rises in the East. It talks of the glory of youth as each person “doth homage” (VII: 3) to it. In sum, sonnet VII’s first quatrain sends this message: all possess “sacred majesty” (VII: 4) in their youth and are admired for it by

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