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Sonnet of Time William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 60 connects the passage of time to the development of the human body. Shakespeare uses many poetic devices to add depth to his sonnets. In Sonnet 60 he uses similes and metaphors to compare time with natural occurrences. Shakespeare divides his sonnets into four sections, the first three are quatrains and the last is a couplet. He uses the rhyme scheme “abab cdcd efef gg” in all of his sonnets. Iambic pentameter is used for each line in the sonnet to give it rhythm. In the first quatrain Shakespeare uses a simile between waves and the passage of time. Like as the waves make toward 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. (Sonnet 60, 1-4) Shakespeare uses the motion of waves to represent the passage of time. Waves move forward in sequence and ultimately come to an end at the shore the same way we move forward in time and ultimately come to our end. In the second quatrain he uses the metaphor of the sun’s daily movements to
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course RHET 1101 taught by Professor Evans during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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