Sunday, February 17, 2019

Essay on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73 -- Sonnet essays

Interpretation of Shakespeares sonnet 73   Sonnet 73 is a meditation on mortality, and yet it can be interpreted in a numerate of ways. The first such version is that the author of the poem is speaking to person else about his own death that lead inevitably come in the future. This interpretation has the poem focused on the author, and his focus and concern all over himself. This makes him seem very selfish, because we are all going to die kinda or later, and it does not do any good to dwell on or complain about it. The lonesome(prenominal) use that this interpretation really has is to evoke pity in the author, or the speaker of the Sonnet.   That is why it was this interpretation of Sonnet 73 that was used in a 1996 production of Shakespeares The disturbance by the Indiana Repertory Theatre. The director substituted five or six-spot Sonnets for the pageantry scene where Prospero summons island spirits to perform for Ferdinand and Miranda, the last Sonnet in this su bstitution being 73. Prospero has a plot against his life, and this Sonnet helps to move him of this, and also to remind his daughter Miranda that soon her father will be g mavin. Prospero uses the last couplet of the Sonnet directed to Miranda as This thou perceivest, which makes thy shaft more strong. This line could also be the author speaking in the third person, and he is referring to himself as thou.   It is also interpreted as other two people conversing in these last lines by The Francis Bacon Society, they believe that Bacon was the one who wrote this Sonnet. Here Bacon is meditating on getting old and like a old fading away and death like night sealing everything up. That the awake of his youth is like ashes on a fire expiring as on a death be... ...g? Or why doesnt the action of leaving catch as its subject the I, the poet, who in death would leave behind his attendant?. . .   If we read the last line with a stress on thou, fit in to the meter, then the grammar and the meaning become consistent, and the reading of the Sonnet insists upon the shift in focus from the speakers life (and imminent death), to the addressees imminent loss of youth.   These are a couple of different ways that Sonnet 73 can be interpreted. It just goes to show that there are never any expressed answers about things that belong to the category of art, and especially everything concerning the work of William Shakespeare. There will always be ideas and theories that will contradict each other, and that is really the only thing that can be excepted as a constant when relations in projects such as this one.  

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