beauty passed down from nature. “Usurer” which means moneylender, “Yet canst not live” meaning beyond a short time. “Traffic with thyself alone” meaning: A moneylender would not turn a profit if he lent only to himself.What is important about the technique and style of the sonnet?Shakespeare employs a standard level of diction (which is higher than conversational), and we see this through word choices like temperate, lease, and complexion. In addition, the poem sounds quite polished, adding to one's impression of the standard diction. He does take some poetic license to alter the typical syntax.Makayla’s SummaryThe youth is urged once again not to throw away without regard the beauty which is his. It is Nature's gift, but only given on condition that it is used to profit the world, that is, by handing it on to future generations. An analogy is drawn frommoney-lending: the usurer should use his money wisely. Yet the young man has dealings with himself alone, and cannot give a satisfactory account of time well spent. If he continues to behave in such a way, his beauty will die with him, whereas he could leave inheritors to benefit from his legacy.
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